This is a figurative painting called 4D (Amber) and might best be summed up by the expression ‘look but don’t touch’.

Amber, however, seemed the most appropriate working title for this apart from the alphanumeric number in the row. Now in terms of context, Chroma is a series of work where the mood for each painting is set by one dominant colour. In this case an image with a purposely golden glow.

What you might see here is a well dressed woman covering her eyes and messing up her hair style somewhat. On her neck and wrists she is wearing amber and silver jewellery. She is standing waiting in a hotel reception that is clad in birdseye maple decor.

You are welcome to project any meaning into this composition. Amber is a first name, though the little I know of e.g. Amber Rudd, the less I wish that I knew. Then an amber warning light is used to instruct traffic; serving as a warning that the signal is about to change to either red or green.

In a figure of speech, amber is a cautionary indicator or signal; specifically a warning of likely difficulties ahead, as in requiring heightened caution or vigilance. Alternatively, it is qualified or tacit permission to proceed in a particular course of action but with caution.

The last bit comes very close to what I personally wanted to express with this painting, and admittedly, it all comes down to male perception. If you are a married man – well even a very married man – you typically have an understanding with your wife that you can discreetly look at another woman but not touch her. That is a good pragmatic approach for many men, who come across attractive women. That is women, who – by the way – men instinctively know could neither be as compatible marriage material as the women at home; nor as attractive and loving as them in everyday life.

You can view more paintings in the chroma series here.

Title/Titel/Titel/Títolo #4D, Acrylic and oil on canvas/ Akryl und Öl auf Leinwand/Akryl og olie på lærred/acrílico e óleo sobre tela 150x100cm, Year/Jahr/År/Ano 2018, anders dyhr.

Acquired in December 2018 by a company in Kolding, Denmark

4d in situ