Here is a book about New Zealand landscape, but with a difference. This book follows the lifetime journey of an artist in response to the landscape of New Zealand, as his style evolves from realistic painting towards semi-abstraction. The artist/author is also a published novelist and communicator, and his explanation is clear and comprehensible, avoiding the jargon often associated with art criticism. The art work matures from realism through impressionism to the expression of the shapes of our country as precious icons of landscape. These are enhances by the use of gold and bronze, inspired by medieval manuscripts and icons. The influence of other artists is also evident, from the perfect washes of the English traditional and American adventurous water-colour schools, the paintings of Gustav Klimt, and ideas infused from modern art movements.
Paperback, 2006, 119pages, new