Cologne Fine Art & Design 2019
Peter Royen's painting is sheer meditation – a declaration of stillness, of silence, symbolised primarily by the colour white, but also black (Werner Schmalenbach, in: P. Royen 1998).
Inspired by the "Mondrianic harmony" he so much admired, Royen's arrangements of geometric fields create, not a mathematical or programmatic, but rather a meditative kind of abstraction, though with a formal, concrete effect.
It is the balance and the proportion in this harmonious motion which leads to the stillness to which Royen aspires, and which permits the viewer only a gradual approach to the subject.
The equilibrium, the elegant stillness and the reduction to shades of white and black – which the artists deliberately designates as colours, treating them as such – are central features of his work. Here, black and white provide a transition to the works of the other artists in the exhibition.