Arcadia, SMITH Studio
Curated by Amy Ellenbogen
10 May - 28 May 2016
Arcadia looks at [landscape painting] through the eyes of six contemporary painters and printmakers, each with their own interpretation of the landscape they find themselves in.
“Landscape painting pulls me into the masterful balance of Arcadia, the ancient Roman poet Virgil speaks of a land, Arcadia, a kind of Eden, unspoiled, that is the home of pastoral simplicity, idyllic landscapes with objects perfectly positioned creating a timeless perspective. As we move into modern landscapes we push further and further away from these balanced landscapes into city highlines and manmade grey. Arcadia highlights these differences in our landscapes by focusing on the importance of nature.
Halcyon Dream, 2016. Oil on tracing paper, 70 x 90.5 cm
Photography: Michael Hall Photography