Line and color are the central elements in Fred Mou’s graphically striking paintings. The artist’s fascination with the “light which gives colors their real expression” leads him to make images in which the paint seems to breathe. His “sunny island colors” pair bright intensity with softness, capturing the feeling of space and air. Working in acrylics on canvas, board and paper, he incorporates his palette into compositions that mix precision with a free-flowing energy. In some paintings, patterns emerge from neat groups of cross-hatched lines, while in others the lines meander with a fluidity that creates an exhilarating sense of motion.
Having worked as an architect, Mou takes his formal sense of construction and applies it to the human form and the natural world. Expressing nature is one of the artist’s goals, and his balance of freedom and discipline communicates a world that is in a constant state of transformation. He says that “I am following the steps of human growing,” and in his works that process is made appealing and involving for viewers.