Tuesday, June 22, 2010

Winter in Melbourne - Art for the Hanging

If you spend a lot of time inside during winter staring at walls, not only do you go stir crazy, but eventually it comes to you that you should buy some art to hang.

And in winter, that means to me, landscapes.

I love the look of a landscape hanging in a pristine room, like this. In fact I just love everything about this room, but mostly its tranquillity and the fact that the painting is allowed to speak, without needing to shout. 


(via Remodelista)

This is Vincent D'Onofrio's 5 storey townhouse, decorated by Jan Eleni.  If you can't have a gilded mirror above your fireplace, I think a moody landscape does just as well, if not better. 



And these are some of my current favourite (living) landscape painters.  This is by Darren Gannon, represented by Libby Edwards.   The thing about landscape painting is that you cannot skate by on poor technique or low quality materials.  It really shows up your skills.  


Early Start  -  2010  (oil on canvas)


This is by Geoff Dyer, a very well regarded Tasmanian painter.    Aim high, and you too can have a Dyer.   He is not a cheap artist.   But look at the depth, and indeed, emotion of that stormy sea. 


Climate 1 (2009)

These little ones (not a triptych, maybe a nono-tych) are by Jennifer Shears and you can find them here on Etsy.   Aren't they exquisite?   All the different cloud moods are represented.  





This is by Alexander Mackenzie, an Australian artist about whom I have previously written.  



The Third Island (2009) 0il on linen

Here is another Jennifer Shears.


And these are by Swedish artist Peter Freis. I am indebted to Monika at Splendid Willow for alerting me to this wonderful artist. Born in 1947 (just like Geoff Dyer), he is represented by this gallery in Stockholm.   




I hope you all have a serene Tuesday.



22 comments:

chair up said...

I am really in awe of artists that can paint like this. It certainly is a gift. Such beautiful works.
Angex

brismod said...

A gorgeous selection of landscapes, Jane. I laughed at the aim high comment...or else I would've cried!!

Lee said...

Hi Jane, these are all beautiful examples of landscapes. I think the paintings by Peter Freis are my faves. Absolutely stunning! Hope you are enjoying some of the winter sunshine in Melbourne today. Lee :)

maggie's garden said...

It would be really tough to choose even one of these...they're are all outstanding. I guess I do lean toward MacKenzie's work, and the frame on the picture above the fireplace is as beautiful as the art piece.
Nice post. Thanks for the feast for the eyes today.

Karena said...

I love landscapes that are serene ethereal and in a limited color palette. It appears you enjoy the same style!

Karena
Art by Karena

mise said...

What a fine collection of paintings - I'd take the Dyer seascape if it were a Help Yourself (how disappointed I am that it isn't). Landscapes like these make me pensive, they make me think of the gradually evolving natural surroundings and our own brief stay amid them. Perhaps it's important to hang the more atmospheric of them near the liquor cabinet.

rouge said...

Gosh, what a nice blog. These beautiful moody pictures remind me why I should be living in Melbourne and not Sydney.

jules @ The Diversion Project said...

lovely selections. the darren gannon piece is just gobsmacking!

Ann said...

What food for the soul on a chilly day.... I am liking your winter series. I have always coveted a Geoff Dyer landscape and not just because he's also Tasmanian although we are a loyal bunch! As you say aim high...

Irene b said...

oh i love these landscapes! really a great present to show it!i'm so happy to had known you

Julie@beingRUBY said...

Hi Jane
Well I love all of these.. but think the Jennifer Shears and Peter Freis speak to me the most.. [or maybe that is just today]... Love Monika too!!

Well that room in the first image is delightful.. oh for wooden floors!! i will be back to carpet soon.. which will be strange!!

Thanks for your lovely comments and support my way.. trying to catch up on blogging but very slow.. take care.. xxx Julie

libys11 said...

aahh i love those frames of clouds!!! they would go so well in a white room! :D i need that for my room! hahaha!

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The Zhush said...

Hi. Just popped in from La Lampshade, so glad I did! Adore these types of paintings as well. Are you familiar with the works of Luc Leestemaker? He is my fave...check him out if you get a chance!

A Perfect Gray said...

Jane, just popped in from La Lampshade and I look forward to visiting with you...

Don said...

Thanks for introducing me to Peter Freis...beautiful stuff.

Porchlight Interiors said...

Love the first piece...very moody! Tracey xx

Dumbwit Tellher said...

Jane these are gorgeous. Early Start is my very favorite. Like Tracey stated, very moody.

Hope your having a good week? x

Pinecone Camp said...

I love "Early Start"...it's stunning.
We're supposedly in summer here in Vancouver, but it's anything but! Hope you're at least getting a little sunshine. now, I have to catch up on some of your recent posts ;)

Emma said...

As I started reading this gorgeous post, I was thinking to myself, I must suggest to Jane to have a look at some of Alex's work... and then I saw one of his paintings! I was so excited, as his wife is a friend of mine.

There is a gorgeous landscape painting in the Twilight movie (first one), in the Cullen house, you don't happen to know who the artist is do you? It is very similar to Alex's work and I'd love to know who the artist is.

Nevin said...

A gorgeous selection of landscapes!!! so beautiful..XXX

Marija said...

Absolutely gorgeous. I would happily take any one of these over my fireplace. Moodly landscapes make me much happier than gilded gold. Though I love the latter as well....

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