‘LOOKING FOR GEORGIA’ PROJECT
In September 2017 I travelled to Northern New Mexico to see for myself the places painted by the legendary by Georgia O’Keeffe. I wanted to gain a better insight into the nature of her achievement as one of the most celebrated American painters of the 20th century. The art historian in me wanted to deepen my understanding of her work. The artist in me needed to challenge my own landscape painting practice. I was curious to find out how two artists working in different times, with different methods and techniques could do justice to that landscape. Georgia, who called it her ‘backyard’ painted it it situ, but on a small scale and in traditional oil on canvas. Can an artist, who has only a brief acquaintance with the region, working in London, but equipped with a set of experimental techniques, reflect the grandeur and local spirit of the land?
The journey and its revelations were beyond my wildest expectations.
I’m dedicating the next 10 months to creating a series of paintings in response to what I had seen, using my own unique mixed media technique with which I hope to capture the texture and spirit of the desert. It will be a period of experimentation and innovation, searching for new methods best suited to portray this most challenging of landscapes. It will culminate with a major solo show at London’s prestigious Mall Galleries scheduled from 24 February to 2 March 2019.
I’m planning to run a crowdfunding Kickstarter campaign in order to spread the word about this exciting project and gain support to help me complete the new series of paintings, frame and document them in an exhibition catalogue and finance a documentary for Netlix. Your pledges will earn exciting awards in the form of, among others, signed prints, exclusive studio and National Gallery events, and original paintings.
Here is an example of painting in progress in response to one of Georgia's favourite New Mexico motifs, the 'Mesa Pedernal', using my mixed media techniques:
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