Paul Feeley painted Ancha, an example of his emblematic, symmetrical color solids, in 1963, a year considered one of the most productive and groundbreaking of his career. After years of working with Abstract Expressionists, Paul Feeley finally established his own distinct voice, independent of the prevailing expressionist style, but equally astounding.
The simple forms and bright colors, present in Ancha, are fundamental elements in Paul Feeley's work from the late 1950s and early 1960s. The wavy lines and harmonious composition allude to the Minoan culture and Moorish and Arabic architecture, which serve as constant inspirations for Feeley's art-making. The calm structure in the visual space contains a well-restrained force that can almost be seen as the opposite of the lavish release of paint from the Abstract Expressionists, and at the same time, a further push towards the Minimalist aesthetic.