of artworks by Lula Rodrigues.
painting is an impact.
A vital shock to the eyes and therefore to the soul.
He is not affiliated to any school. He owes nothing
to the Fauve nor his quasi-geometrics to the Mondrians.
His colors are merely contained, furiously imprisoned
within the limits the artist imposes on them - pure
are frontiers where imagination passes through, and
the signs, Abdias wants them to come f rom an ancestral
Africa he carries in his blood. But the truth is that
intentionality yields to the pure explosion of color.
with life and better with his life, bumpy but straight.
And to keep the result from being circumscribed to
the frame, it moves from one canvass to another.
one hears in it Debussy, sometimes Bach, sometimes
the tom-tom, sometimes a silence that stupefies, always
the syllable that carries color, as Rimbaud wished.
is not even a master. We do not believe he will found
His painting is like a traffic
light. One looks, contains oneself, is starsled or
goes through, but never remains indifferent.
NAPOLEAO LOPES FILHO
Rio de Janeiro, March 1988.
1- Noturnal Invocation
of the Poet Geraldo Mello Mourao: Oshossi (Buffalo,
No. 2 (Buffalo,1971) 102x152
Symbiosis No. 2 (Buffalo,1971) 91x61
Oshun in Ecstacy (Buffalo, 1975),
oil and acrylic on canvas, 153 x 102
of the House of Slaves: Goree (Rio de Janeiro,1988)
Meditation (Buffalo, 1980) oil on canvass 56x71
for Bida (Rio de Janeiro, 1993) 100x80
Silver-Plated Dream (Middletown, 1970), 70 x 66.
10- The Horse and The Saint: Yemanja (Buffalo, 1975)
(Rio de Janeiro, 1999)
otherwise noted, the medium is acrylic on canvas;
measurements are in centimeters.