In our second round-up for the Art at Home series, we look at seven artists who explore a modern interpretation of the landscape — one filled with colour and expression.
Balanced between landscape painting and abstraction, these artists narrate the world around them through their own expression that sees form and light blurred with a tapestry of tones. Each of the seven artists capture more than the physicality of landscape, but the light, emotions, and seasons.
Belynda Henry muses on her environment in NSW’s Dooralong Valley with thoughtful reflections on the landscape. The Wynne Prize-finalist uses acrylic paint on canvas to abstract the landscape into geometric forms. Textural mark-making adds depth to the work as Belynda invites her viewer into her compositions, depicting the Australian country’s mountains, trees, lakes, and water through her own interpretation — one that is shaped by evocative pastel colours.
Inspired by rock formations and geomorphology, Canberra-based Annika Romeyn connects micro and macro realms in her prints and watercolour paintings. In her highly detailed artworks, colour is reduced, blurring the boundaries between representation and abstraction. Annika captures her experiences in nature – ones explored by foot, raft or kayak – to express her feelings of wilderness. Often employing lapis lazuli blue (of her mother’s wedding ring), the artist reflects on memory and imagination at one with the landscape.
Belgian artist Piet Raemdonck portrays the landscape in a distinctive cubism-esque oeuvre; shapes are abstracted into colour compositions while form blurs between recognition and memory. Expression, colour, and contrast are at the heart of his gestural paintings, which asks his viewer to observe and note the interplay at work. They allow us to reinterpret our own environments, seeing the world in novel ways.
Melbourne-based Katie Daniels captures the landscape almost as though looking through the world with rose-tinted glasses. A finalist in the Wynne Prize, the emerging artist, has been celebrated in several exhibitions in Melbourne and Sydney — perhaps because of her uncanny way of depicting the feeling of walking through nature, just taking in the peace and serenity. Her works reveal a deep appreciation of the landscape and being privy to its emotional impact.
Based in Northern NSW, inspired by the diverse landscape of Australia combined with memories of her home, Bermuda, artist Meg Walters reflects on inter-connectedness, nostalgia and escapism in her whimsical landscapes. Trained at the esteemed Chelsea College of the Arts in London, Meg unites art and nature through gestural abstraction of the environment. Working from her rainforest-surrounded studio, the works result from washes of oil paint, layering memories and stories to invoke organic depictions of nature.
Sydney-based artist Clare Brodie poses representations of her meditative walks through the local bush in her dreamy paintings. Verging on semi-abstraction, the artworks are filled with the artist’s emotions as she reduces colour and form on the canvas. Contrasting the typical notions of landscape art, the paintings are carefully filled with negative space as flat colour is applied to pop art-like compositions. The works offer an entirely different way to view the Australian bush with bright greens, pinks, and blues.
Sydney-based artist Michael Muir turns to colour and natural light for his landscape paintings in a simple and reduced palette. Both a Wynne and Sulman Prize finalist, the artist, reaches for his palette knife to capture a fleeting memory or place. Steeped in nostalgia and childhood memories, his bright works are autobiographical, referencing Michael’s own childhood or those of his three sons.