Suman Vaze
Mathematical Artwork
Number Sequences
These paintings are inspired by number sequences.

Blue Moon
30"x 30" , Acrylic on canvas, 2018

Blue Moon shows how one, two, three and four circles can be drawn so that they do not intersect one another (they could be nested, one inside the other). The sequence generated by non-intersecting circles is 1, 2, 4, 9, 20,48,… etc.

 Blue Moon shows the 16 possible arrangements with 1, 2, 3, and 4 circles.

Moon Gazing 5

30" x 24" Charcoal and acrylic on canvas, 2018

Moon Gazing 5 shows the 20 arrangements of 5 circles so that no two circles intersect though they can be nested one inside the other.


54"x28", Acrylic on canvas, 2016

This is an arrangement of the terms 0 to 74 of the sequence A238191 which is the sequence of the digital roots of the partitions of numbers.  In this arrangement, I have started from the top right corner and gone in one direction until I have come to the edge of the canvas evenly when I have changed direction.  

Arrangement 2
(Dawn to Dusk)
24"x 22", Acrylic on canvas, 2017


Concatenated Square Numbers

30" x 18", Acrylic on Canvas, 2011

I was fiddling with some numbers one afternoon and started with a string of square numbers 1,4,9,16,25,36,49,….pulling and pushing them around to see how they behaved. I decided to concatenate them 1,14,149,14916,1491625,149162536,….These quickly became too big for me to handle so I then cut them down to size by taking their digital roots 1,5,5,3,1,1,5,6,6,7,2,2,9,7,7,2,3,3,4,8,8,6,4,4,8,9,9... and realised that they form a beautiful repeating sequence. This work is inspired by the 27 terms which form the repeating sequence. There is light at the end of the tunnel.


24 Sums of Fibonacci
26" x 18", Acrylic on canvas, 2010
The digital roots of the Fibonacci Sequence repeats after every 24 terms and the repeating sequence is 1,1,2,3,5,8,4,3,7,1,8,9,8,8,7,6,4,1,5,6,2,8,1,9.


The 9 Digital Roots of Triangle Numbers
24" x 26", Acrylic on canvas, 2011
The Triangle Numbers 1,3,6,10,15,21,28.... have digital roots which are always 1,3,6 or 9.  In fact, they form a repeating sequence of the following: 1,3,6,1,6,3,1,9,9...


Meditations on Symmetry
36" x 30", Acrylic on canvas, 2012

The Triangle Numbers 1,3,6,10,15,21,28....are an increasing sequence. Concatenated triangle numbers are 1,13,136,13610,1361015, 136101521,....another increasing sequence. The digital roots of the concatenated triangle numbers generate the repeating sequence 1,4,1,2,8,2,3,3,3,4,7,4,5,2,5,6,6,6,7,1,7,8,5,8,9,9,9,... This work is a meditation on that repeating sequence.


Pentagonal Numbers
20" x 18", Acrylic on canvas, 2011

Hexagonal Numbers
24" x 26", Acrylic on canvas, 2011

Heptagonal Numbers
34" x 24", Acrylic on canvas, 2011

Octagonal Numbers
20" x 18", Acrylic on canvas, 2011
The Octagonal numbers are 1,8,21,40,65,96,133,176,225,280,341,408,481,560,645,736,833,936,1045,1160,...
When the digital roots are taken, they form a repeating sequence1,8,3,4,2,6,7,5,9,...

More to come...