In Mark Dassoulas‘ Landscape Cycle paintings of the early 2000s, Dassoulas perceived landscape as the capturing of the energy of all that has ever existed, the convergence of the forces that make possible the breath of life. The series has three parts: Deconstruction, Revealed, and Reconciliation. In the Deconstruction works, Dassoulas aims to isolate the elements that create time and place and to portray the natural patterns which hold everything in harmony. In the Revealed works (including Vortices of Venus), Dassoulas divided his world into the horizontal—defining the temporal—and the vertical—defining the transcendent, with dynamic movement on both axes. Finally, in the Reconciliation works, Dassoulas aims to synthesize all of the concepts of landscape.
Vortices of Venus is a masterwork of color, shape, and energy.