‘Secondary Drowning’ is loosely based on Mondrian’s famous geometric paintings. New Concept 2022.

Bourne’s current concept is titled ‘Secondary Drowning’ which he researched and conceived in 2020/2021 and follows various principles of Mondrian’s geometric pieces.

‘Secondary Drowning,’ is a rare phenomena involving death by drowning outside of water.

The idea behind this ‘Secondary Drowning’ concept however, is that the art observer can become immersed and drown in the beauty of colour or more conclusively, to drown in the brilliance of the ‘Secondary Colours’ of orange, purple and green. Below you will find the first ever 'Secondary Drowning' concept painting available to view. As of August 2022 there are currently around 14 that have been painted in this style.

The artwork for ‘Juri’s Peace’ - March 2022. A tribute to Juri Wilhelm, born April 12th 1981 - died February 16th 2022. As an example, this painting combines the 3 secondary colours to form an understanding of the painting. The orange represents the body of a man, the purple represents the head and the green represents a glass of liquor.

However, Bourne’s work goes off on a tangent from Piet Mondrian’s famous primary colour geometric abstract stylings in a substantial number of differing areas.

1. Due to Bursitis and the inability to paint, for 2 years (and therefore with extended time on his hands), Bourne completed prolonged, far reaching and deep rooted analysis of all the geometric works of Mondrian, in this period. Considerable more research than most people would ever conceive. This was to establish a profound knowledge and understanding of Mondrian’s structures, patterns and general working techniques.

As Bourne stated in December 2021:‘To submerge and immerse myself in Mondrian’s geometric work, in a manner to get inside Mondrian’s mind and create new pieces that Mondrian may well have already scrutinised and considered during his extensive primary colours phase.’

2. ‘Secondary Drowning’ utilises the ‘Secondary Colours’ of purple, orange and green. As opposed to Mondrian’s usage of predominantly the primary colours of red, blue and yellow. Bourne uses absolutely none of those primary colours in any form.

3. The gridlines on all of Mondrian’s geometric abstractions were black. On Bourne’s pieces, black has been replaced by grey gridlines for the notion of offering broader neutrality on the canvas. With this subtle change of aesthetics this would enhance the ‘Secondary Colours’ on the paintings to a far greater degree. Their visibility will become far more prominent.

4. To restructure the balance, shape, colours and gridlines to establish the idea of ‘what would Mondrian have done if he were left handed?’ Simplified, to change the right handed paintings of Mondrian into left handed paintings by Bourne.

5. The pièce de résistance of the concept will undoubtedly be the ‘removable art pieces’ within the framework of the canvas. Basically, smaller ‘Secondary Colour’ painted canvases that are removable from the main canvas. Yet with the ability to insert each of the mini canvas pieces, into a variety of separate areas on the main painting itself.

If all 3 ‘Secondary Colours’ are used as different sized mini canvases, and they each had an exact shape available on 3 independent forms, (produced via the gridlines), then 27 combinations are achievable.So the art lover/buyer has an absolute minimum of 27 outcomes that they can transform on the canvas with the ability to extend this number with the complete removal of either one or indeed two of the three ‘Secondary Colour’ pieces. So, in essence, they can renew the painting every single day, should they so wish to install a contrasting art structure within the painting. An ‘art buyers renewable energy’ perhaps?

6. The design of the concept is predominantly (though not always) in sets of two paintings. The first painting is the artists perception of where the secondary colours should be placed on the canvas but as blocks of static paint on the painting and not as ‘removable art pieces.’ The second painting is the painting with the ‘removable art pieces’ that allows the art lover/buyer to design the canvas where they would like the secondary colour mini canvas pieces to be placed. Although, in reality of course, the ‘removable art pieces’ on the second canvas can be included and placed in the same areas as the artists original placement on the first canvas. Providing an almost identical set of two paintings.

7. In certain circumstances in the ‘Secondary Drowning’ series, to attempt to achieve the seemingly impossible, by phrasing the secondary colours into a distinct coherent recognisable form. This is with the use of only a maximum of three sections on the canvas, one for each secondary colour. The understanding of the form is certainly complemented with the guidance of Bourne’s comprehensive painting titles. These titles invariably offer the art observer, the solution to the painting.