The Hidden Place

May 24, 2008

David Sawyer RBA

Filed under: Contemporary Painters — thehiddenplace @ 12:52 pm
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I realise I tend to post artists whose work has a figurative emphasis, and have perhaps left slightly neglected the rich area of landscape painting.  There are a number of landscape painters whose work I find inspirational, and make me want to get out there with my little easel.  David Sawyer is one of these.

I tend to have an inherent distrust of painters whose subject matter is likely to appeal to the tourist eye, since you can sell any old rubbish to tourists wanting some kind of souvenir.  The beauty of many tourist destinations means that a huge number of painters simply rely on the great subject matter to give their work interest.  Sawyer is not like this however.  His eye for evocative compositions and fantastic colour give his images of familar subjects a different angle.

Most of his paintings are of Venice, though he also appears to have worked in Istanbul and London a great deal.  The appeal of venice is understandable, following in the footsteps of Canaletto (who, let us not forget, painted almost exclusively for British tourists), Whistler (whose etchings gave a new direction of depictions of Venice, with an emphasis on the rather special light of the Queen of the Adriatic), Sargent and countless others.

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