This week we are moving house. The lead up to this moment has been very unrelaxing, including a bout of shingles - so I am afraid I just haven't had the head for blogging.
However, watching last night's Landscape Artist of the Year, won by Nerine Tassie (her maiden name) inspired me somewhat, so I thought I would just write a few words despite being surrounded by boxes and removal men!
I know that this year's programme was thought, by many, to have had some odd results - the chosen trio for the final not necessarily artists who were generally understood and liked. In fact, I had a very hard time getting to grips with some of the imagery liked by the judges - but I finally understood, in the end, that the judges were not the slightest bit interested in anything resembling a well-painted accurate rendering of a view....they were looking for very much more. They wanted their artists to demonstrate an ability to use the landscape PURELY AS A STARTING POINT, and then to have the courage to allow their imaginations to take over in order to produce a painting showing unique vision - vision which was as much about internalising the landscape and reinventing it, as anything else.
Given this concept, I enjoyed the final, enjoyed a glimpse into the working practices of three very different artists, and thoroughly enjoyed seeing the secondary images they produced outside of the final, where they had time to realise their visions without the time constraint of 4 hours.
Nerine Tassie's work won the day. Whether you like her work, or not, it is undeniable that she fulfilled the brief of producing a work which demonstrates unique personal vision. Here are two more pieces from her website, one of her mystical woodland scenes, and a seascape:
In neither work do we find pedestrian copying of reality going on. This is the work of a painter who has found her own unique style as an artist.
Like them, or hate them, it is undeniable that these works are atmospheric, intriguing, and probably will leave a much more powerful impression on the viewer than "prettier" pieces.
from her website: