Wednesday, December 16, 2015

The Green Chair

Here is a little painting I did during my residency at Federation University Australia at Ballarat. Although the picture is titled The Green Chair, the real subject of the work is light and space. I thought an installation shot of the view I chose for the painting would show the obvious simplification that took place during the painting process, because realism is not just about depicting what's in front of one's eyes.

The Green Chair, 2015, oil on MDF, 40.74 x 30.5 cm

The Welsh artist, Gwen John, has always been one of my favourite artists. Here is her wonderful painting of an interior. This is also a great example of a work that is not about the intellectual, the political, the conceptual or story telling. So it begs the question - Then what is it about? Perhaps it's like looking at the sky, or across the sea into the horizon. Although this is an interior setting, light and space are infinite and have no boundaries, and a work such as this can be an invitation to contemplate something beyond definition or measurement, an invitation to be still.

A corner of the artist's room in Paris,1907-09, oil on canvas, 32 x 26.5 cm