In 03 from Seria Ludo (2015), horizontal and vertical lines are set ablaze by bright yellow, while in 02 from Seria Ludo (2015), aggressive, carved lines recede into a blank white space in the center. Red ink contrasts sharply with white and underscores areas where Le Brun didn’t carve quite so deeply. Fine lines that evidence the artist’s hand appear like scribbles and scratches covering the picture plane, save for key moments where no ink touches the paper. As with Le Brun’s abstract paintings, there is a keen sense of structure at play here, a balance between exuberant chaos and measured order. Given the title of the series, a latin phrase that translates as “serious matters in a playful vein,” this effect is clearly just what the artist had in mind.
Le Brun regards the activity of printmaking as he does painting, calling
it “deeply romantic, full of idealism and risk and emotion.” To see his ink marks on paper is to trace the layers of his artistic practice—a passionate pursuit of individual expression.