Wednesday, August 24, 2011
Blandine Anderson’s painted works employ both Acrylics and Oil-paint. More recently, she has favoured heavily textured oil paint, built up in thick layers, which is combed, scratched and scumbled - to echo the textural qualities found in her ceramic works.
As in her recent ceramics, these paintings explore Blandine’s interest in natural forms and are often initially inspired by seeds and leaves. From this starting point, similar shapes from other sources are assimilated. These may be plants, bones, the bodies of living creatures, a piece of circuitry from an electrical appliance, the contours of a map, or the shape of a field. The shapes become intermingled and abstracted in the sketch-book, so that what begins as a seed may very easily become a bird.
The resulting images are not intended to be illusory – they explore the qualities of paint on the surface of the canvas. They are merely evocative of recognizable shapes or subjects. For this reason they are usually un-framed – painted on deep-edged canvasses, which emphasize their actuality.
Image: "Lepus – Constellation of Hare" by Blandine Anderson.
See also the previous posts:
Even in the Heavens
The Hare on the Moon
In the Light of the Moon
A Solstice Approaches . . .
Monday, August 22, 2011
Saturday, August 20, 2011
Writes Simon Carnell in Hare:
Due to their relatively exposed way of living hares have an unusually high number of predators, with high mortality rates among their young. Adult hares live on average no more than one year, compared to a potential lifespan of up to twelve years. There is an epigram by Ausonius in which a hare hunted to the seashore by dogs and men cries out, before being eaten by a dog-fish, that "all rape of land and sea is on me/ even of the heavens, if there is a dog-star." An ironic conclusion, since in the southern night sky there is both a "dog-star" and a "lepus" constellation at the foot of the hunter Orian.
Tuesday, August 16, 2011
Saturday, August 13, 2011
Monday, August 8, 2011
Friday, August 5, 2011
"Lepus" (giclée on canvas, 42" X 28") by Robert Bissell.
Says the artist: "This large portrait of a hare standing erect was one of a series of paintings based on 18th century French and English portraits by Boucher and Gainsborough. Designed to make their subjects appear larger than life and removed from the common, they’ve always struck me as ostentatious. I wondered how it would feel if the style were applied to animals that stand on two legs—looking directly down at us, challenging our place and way of thinking."