sometimes in art, you like whatever is complicated and sometimes what is simple on canvas attracts your attention the most.
John Sampson’s solo exhibition, First Do No Harm, Namibia Business Innovation Centre (NBIC) is such simple art.
The exhibition features some simple and complex art pieces in the brightest and neutral colours.
The painting I find to flatter the walls the most is a smudge effect painting made from three defined colours.
Blue makes up the first layer, brown creates the smudge and a red circle completes the piece.
The red circle looks like the dying sun they show you on science websites and that’s a complex painting of nothingness because I cannot explain the emotions that went into the making of the piece.
Some simplicity comes into the exhibition, when I look at the painting of a farm you find at least 400 km outside Windhoek because there are no high lands, no traffic and not even a truck in sight.
For all I know, this could be a village school, but it’s more about the combination of colours than the picture.
The top and bottom edges of the painting are made of a soft baby yellow colour. It must be the sun reflecting on the water. The sand is red - blood red - giving the impression that the painter was looking at the view of a farm in the areas around the Equator.
There are only three buildings and a tower standing high - higher than the tallest tree around. All the other plants around are pretty green showing that the area gets good rain.
Flying past Grunau looks like it was a sweat to finish; blue skies with a few clouds and dried up grass. The effect of the painting shows that the wind is blowing because the scrubs are leaning to one side.
The last painting is Shunga #14. The artist made this piece by combining cut-outs from magazines. I can only identify the characters as ancient Buddhist monks performing ancient rituals.
The monks clad in kasaya robes decorated with green and red beads sit with their legs folded in front.
There are other paintings depicting calm images done in neutral colours for those who do not prefer exploding colours.