Forest Dusk

Forest Dusk, Oil 

This artist is back to the Secret Auction for a second year. Thier paintings have a delicate impasto surface and brisk brush marks which belie their intricate structure – where compositions of skylines, horizon lines and road lines are sensitively balanced by fence posts, signposts or trees. The paintings, all oil on board, originate from photographs they have taken of their surrounding landscape. This photographic source is important because the paintings capture a reflective notion of memory, of the emotional distance between a real landscape and a photograph, between experience and longing. It is a poignant and quiet melancholy reminiscent of Edward Hopper, that is expressed both by the portrayal of sparse unpopulated landscapes containing elemental traces of man, and by thier restrained palette which is often suffused in a reserved northern European light of chalky blues and pink-blushed greys.