Peintures de Dawn Reader à Londres…


Venez apprécier les magnifiques peintures de Dawn Reader  qui mettent avant les superbes paysages de l’Arctique – du 11 au 20 novembre 2010 à « the Lucy B Campbell Fine Art », 123 Kensington Church Street, Londres W8 7LP, England Tel +44 (0)20 7727 2205


  


« … I have been painting the sea for as long as I can remember. What I love most is the quality of the light. But when the first ‘proper snow’ fell in London last year, I found myself captivated by the early-morning silence and brightness that enveloped the City.


Having long been drawn to the Atlantic, Baltic and North seas, I began to wonder what it would be like to go further north where the oceans are covered in ice and the ground is frosted over. So in the summer of 2009, I took my first trip to the Arctic, returning in early 2010 with a visit to Iceland. I probed every angle: sketching at a distance from the deck of our polar vessel; zooming in close on a zodiac; I donned crampons to hike across glaciers and explored the ice caves below.


I was blown away by the landscape; it is lonely, bleak, craggy and treacherous – but also somehow majestic and free and beautiful. It is these qualities I have tried to capture in my paintings, simplifying and softening the topography and using a limited and somewhat muted palette to convey the stillness and tranquillity I found there.


But to reflect the light – the surreal quality of the midnight sun – I have used handmade translucent glazes, building layers of colour and structure. My use of light and dark naturally brings depth and perspective, but it also emphasises the force and power in creation.


Painting ice has been a complete departure for me, and I have loved the challenge. But my expeditions to the Arctic have been a first in another sense too; I became acutely aware of its fragility. Global warming and pollution have become serious hazards to the polar regions; the icecaps are melting, the environment and the wildlife are threatened. It’s not just the polar bears; I fell in love with the little auks, tiny puffin-like creatures that clumsily fly around and nest on the island cliffs.


I hope that, through my work, I manage not only to convey the immense unspoiled beauty of the Arctic, but also to raise awareness of the need for its preservation.


All paintings use hand-made gesso primed canvases and safflower oil glazes mixed from high quality pigment… further info under www.dawnreader.com « .

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