Chiaroscurois a recent exhibition of paintings in which I explore the interconnectedness of a volatile environment and the human psyche. I wanted to borrow the ideas of this Italian Artistic Convention used in figurative painting and apply these to contemporary image making about the natural elements and surroundings.
I am really interested in the line where the real and unreal shift about in regards to our perceptions of natural phenomena. This particular body of paintings were, with a few exceptions, grounded in the micro - in visual explorations of the raw natural elements at Rice Lake. These visual studies began in 2002.
To light the darkness - as metaphor and premise for a body of paintings that play with the visual evocations of this idea; the Chiaroscuro paintings explore how illumination of an unlit environment transforms us personally and universally. By abstracting the symbolic power of “chiaro” meaning light and “scuro” dark or to obscure, there are potent visual and social associations about us, our environment and evolving life on this planet within a larger planetary system. First employed by Leonardo who believed that lightness comes out of darkness, various artists since have employed chiaroscuro to create a sense of volume, drama and focus as well as manipulate the two dimensional surface spatially.
Art Gallery of Northumberland Exhibition Catalogue, 2014
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