The Hidden Place

December 12, 2008

Joseph Zbukvic

Filed under: Contemporary Painters — thehiddenplace @ 12:43 am
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Landscapes time.  This time it’s the watercolours of Joseph Zbukvic.  I’ve no idea how to pronounce his name, but I know i love his work.  I hold in high regard any painter who can show the over-painted subject of Venice in a way that makes me look at the city afresh.  He’s not limited to Venice though, with work covering both urban and rural environments.


A sense of atmosphere is combined with visually absorbing compositions, which have a brilliant sense of focus that keeps you looking around the image, stopping here and there to admire the variations between a broad and tight focus.


A low chroma keeps his colours harmonious and avoids the common pitfall of the brightly coloured touristy images of Venice.  Like Whistler’s etchings of the place, one gets a sense of the artist’s fascination with the light around him, rather than a postcard-type image that is peddled to the millions of tourists.


Gallery at Melbourne Fine Art

Gallery at Artists Realm

Gallery at Greenhouse Gallery


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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