Photograph above by David Alan Harvey demonstrating the use of figure-ground relationship in composition
Figure-Ground Relationship in Composition
Figure-ground relationship in composition is a technique master artists use to separate their subject (figure) clearly from the background (ground). By having a distinct separation between the subject and individual elements in a design, it makes it easier for the viewer to read the artist's intent. The best way to achieve an effective figure-ground relationship is to have a dark subject on a light background or a light subject on a dark background.