David Senouf

David Senouf

David Senouf

Art, Mathematics & "Human Aided Design": a visual journey into the "Platonic Theory of Forms"

French / American, Ph.D. in Mathematics from UCLA in 1994, lives and works in Paris. Self-taught artist, learned drawing and painting techniques in the span of three years, from 2006-2009. Influenced by Italian Futurism, Cubism, Bauhaus (Albers, Kandinsky, Moholy-Nagy), geometric abstraction.

On "Human Aided Design" or computer look-alike design, in opposition to Computer Aided Design:

· Drawing technique: Entirely hand-drawn (free-handed), no computer involved, no instruments except for ruler for straight lines and compass for circles. Drawings available to display the technique (without paint).

· Methodology: free-handed drawing in the central region in such a way that all the curves look perfectly smooth (so much that they seem to be computer aided). These curves converge or meet in a very regular & unusual way.

· Painting Technique: Acrylics on cardboard, paper, and canvas. "aplat" technique, using removable tape for the straight lines.

· Paint Brushes: Square paint brushes, except for the very narrow regions where I use the thinnest (hair thick) paint brush size "000".

· Inspiration: Geometric Abstraction, Bauhaus (Albers, Kandinsky, especially Moholy-Nagy), as well as other forms of abstract art (Italian futurism, cubism, pop art, and abstract expressionism).

· Style: akin to graphic design, yet fully oriented towards classical fine arts.

· Color and Depth: juxtaposition of colors to create compatible or heterogeneous in composition. Simple structures in 2D (à plat). Different regions and colors manage to create an impression of 3D. Several layers of acrylic paint is used for each region. Extensive use of metallic colors (copper, silver, gold), requiring the superposition of at least four additional layers to create a palpable density of the paint.

· Mathematical concepts: From my background as a Mathematician, I have integrated mathematical concepts from Geometry and Analysis (see for example Fondation Cartier). Such concepts as Tesselations (tilings), tangents, parallels, curve parallelism, orthogonal curves, asymptotes (curves joining at infinity), and from topology, connectedness, regions, closure, boundary.

· Easy: Visually easy to appreciate, lots of colors, decorative, futurist, and very detail oriented.

· Affordable: I make it available to the public at large in the form of poster reproductions, as well as paper (photographic and regular paper), canvas, and acrylic support.

· Support and type of paint: Acrylic on bristol / cardboard, small format 40x30 cm up to 120x85 cm.

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Current and past Scientific endeavour:

Currently involved in an independent research program on a model of cosmology (the Poincaré Dodecahedral Space S^3/I*). See for example "A Cosmic Hall of Mirrors".

Mathematics publications:

Publicly available: http://bit.ly/roO6me

SIAM J. on Mathematical Analysis: http://bit.ly/uDa8g1

Nonlinearity: http://iopscience.iop.org/0951-7715/9/6/016 or http://dx.doi.org/10.1088/0951-7715/9/6/016

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Philosophy & Metaphysics:

Interested in the convergence of Buddhist metaphysics and science (Theoretical Physics, Mathematics). See for example "L'infini dans la paume de la main: du big bang à l'éveil".

Readings :

"Bouddhisme et philosophie : En quête d'une sagesse commune", par Françoise Bonnardel

"Tout est conscience : Une voie d'éveil bouddhiste", par Jean-Marc Vivenza

"Nâgârjuna et la doctrine de la vacuité", par Jean-Marc Vivenza

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David Senouf hat das Bild Al Maghrib (Morocco) hochgeladen

Casablanca - 3 June 2008

Size: 1200mmx800mm - Support: Cardboard - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Cadmium Red Medium - Emerald Green

David Senouf hat das Bild Jacob hochgeladen

Casablanca - 23 September 2008

Size: 650mmx500mm - Support: Paper 200g/m^2 - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Cobalt Blue Hue - Titanium White - Iridescent Bright Silver

Casablanca - 6 June 2008

Size: 1200mmx800mm - Support: Cardboard - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Cobalt Turquoise Blue - Bright Aqua Green - Vivid Lime Green - Light Blue Permanent - Manganese Blue Hue - Iridescent Silver - Naples Yellow Hue - Quinacridone Burnt Orange - Naphtol Crimson Red - Titanium White

La terre est bleue comme une orange
Jamais une erreur les mots ne mentent pas
Ils ne vous donnent plus à chanter
Au tour des baisers de s’entendre
Les fous et les amours
Elle sa bouche d’alliance
Tous les secrets tous les sourires
Et quels vêtements d’indulgence
À la croire toute nue.

Les guêpes fleurissent vert
L’aube se passe autour du cou
Un collier de fenêtres
Des ailes couvrent les feuilles
Tu as toutes les joies solaires  Tout le soleil sur la terre  Sur les chemins de ta beauté.    Paul ELUARD, L'Amour la poésie (1929)

David Senouf hat das Bild Quantum of Salace hochgeladen

Casablanca - 13 September 2008

Size: 650mmx500mm - Support: Paper 200g/m^2 - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Cerulean Blue Hue - Mars Black - Titanium White - Naphtol Red light - Light Blue Permanent

David Senouf hat das Bild South Africa hochgeladen

South-African Flag Colours

London - 30 November 2007

Size: A0 (1189mmx841mm) - Support: Cardboard - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Mars Black - Naples Yellow Hue - Emerald Green - Titanium White - Red - Cobalt Blue

David Senouf hat das Bild Strata hochgeladen

Casablanca - 14 September 2008

Size: 650mmx500mm - Support: Paper 200g/m^2 - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Cadmium Orange - Manganese Blue Hue - Naphtol Red light - Light Blue Permanent - Bright Aqua Green - Iridescent Rich Gold - Iridescent Rich Silver - Iridescent White

David Senouf hat das Bild Origamis (Si-Mag-Or) hochgeladen

Casablanca - 7 September 2008

Size: 650mmx500mm - Support: Paper 200g/m^2 - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Iridescent Rich Silver - Cadmium Orange Hue - Quinacridone Magenta - Vivid Lime Green)

David Senouf hat das Bild Nippon (Japan) hochgeladen

Three flags of Japan: Military, Imperial, and Classic

Casablanca - 16 June 2008

Size: 1200mmx800mm - Support: Cardboard - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Naphtol Crimson (Red) - Titanium White - Mars Black - Cadmium Yellow Medium

David Senouf hat das Bild Dark Matter hochgeladen

Casablanca - 17 September 2008

Original Size: 1010mmx720mm - Support: Paper - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Mars Black - Titanium White - Light Blue Permanent - Iridescent Rich Gold

David Senouf hat das Bild Dakhla Croaker hochgeladen

Casablanca - 11 August 2008

Size: 1200mmx800mm - Support: Cardboard - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Bright Aqua Green - Green Deep Permanent - Lemon Yellow - Naphtol Red Light - Titanium White

David Senouf hat das Bild Nias (Indonesia) hochgeladen

Casablanca - 24 August 2008

Size: 1010mmx720mm - Support: Paper - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Light Blue Permanent - Manganese Blue Hue - Cobalt Blue Hue - Ultramarine Blue - Cobalt Turquoise

David Senouf hat das Bild Temptation hochgeladen

London - 24 October 2007

Size: A0 (1189mmx841mm) - Support: Cardboard - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Blue - Green - Titanium White - Iridescent Silver

David Senouf hat das Bild Masr (Egypt) hochgeladen

Casablanca, 2008

Medium: Acrylic on Paper - Original Size: 650x500mm

Colours: Red, Black, White, Yellow

David Senouf hat das Bild Al Maghrib (Morocco) hochgeladen

Casablanca - 3 June 2008

Size: 1200mmx800mm - Support: Cardboard - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Cadmium Red Medium - Emerald Green

Colours of Moroccan flag

David Senouf hat das Bild Absolute Lie Algebra hochgeladen

London - 9 November 2007

Original Size: A0 (1189mmx841mm) - Support: Cardboard - Medium: Acrylic

Colours: Cobalt Blue - Iridescent Silver - Magenta - Orange Cadmium Medium - Yellow Cadmium Medium

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