In last weeks post I spoke a little about The Archibald Prize. Today I would like to review some of the paintings in this a little further. As I said last week the winning painting by Tim Storrier was an interesting look at the whole concept of what a portrait is. This painting encompasses the idea of how there are many different facets to a persons personality. In this case it includes many of the tools of the artist’s trade and a whimsical reference to his faithful companion his dog. The over all feeling of the painting is one of joyous exploration and it has a great “joie de vivre”. I include it here again now in case you missed the previous post.
Interestingly the gallery has hung a painting next to it which explores a similar theme of life’s journey. However one would be hard pushed to find two more dissimilar paintings on the same subject anywhere.
The other painting Ultrapilgrim by Juan Ford, depicts someone who seems to be weighed down by life’s burdens. The figure is cloaked and appears to hold a mendicant’s staff. He has no companion and struggles along isolated from the world with his burdens on his back. There is no sense of joyous adventure in this work, only toil and struggle!
One of the other works which was extraordinary was Mangrove Tree by Joshua Yeldham. Created on board, plywood I believe, he carves and adds cane pieces to th work to stunning effect. He has developed a very original style, well worth checking out. Here’s what he has to say about his painting.
“My children have found pirate treasure beneath this old mangrove tree. We climb its twisted limbs to avoid her sharp roots below. This golden tree, the stingrays, fishing lines, the tinny full of rain and the Hawkesbury River have deeply touched us. We ride the wild sea and I dance with my paintbrush for another day in this timeless land.”
This weeks question: What has deeply touched you in your life, that you might care to share with the rest of the world?