"Light is therefore colour" J.M.W Turner once famously expressed. He also once said, "If I could find anything blacker than black I'd use it!" One of modern art histories' maestros of the landscape, Turner captured tempestuous Mother Nature in all her fury.
A more local hero, gregarious painter, Geoffrey Dyer's bold brushstrokes reveal much of the landscape of his life source from the Derwent River, sea and river scapes from Coast to Coast. (Pictured above). As a widely collected, and Archibald Winner, Dyer's works will always hold their value both aesthetically and fiscally for the astute buyer. The natural worldhas been a significant influence on Dyer's career, producing arresting imagery invested with immediacy, familiarity and inquiry.
James Robertson resides in a world of striking Realism. Nothing has a single meaning, and the paradox of simplicity lies in its complexity. He seems to delight in images of disarming directness, readily accessible in their striking realism, yet given a twist or bite that turns a smile into laughter, and then a lot of after thought!
Michael Whiteread lends his large, layered style into abstract landscapes.
He challenges age-old techniques by using oil pitted against acrylic to create deliberate tension, resistance and intensity.
Where large blocks of color may be layered to capture or reflect light, or a moody palate is employed where the under-painting appears to be attempting to break through to provide a fleeting glimpse of a secret world beneath.
In 'real life', the horizon is where the land or sea and sky meet. In painting perspective, it's the level your eyes are at, an imaginary line to which things recede. A universal and intuitive landscapist, Patracia Heaslip illustrates our longing to connect to the 'Other'. Can you find it in a grain of sand? Perhaps. A picture speaks a thousand words!