Wednesday, June 22, 2011

All the Shades of Australia of Marcus Beilby

What I like about a painting in general is the story that it tells whether by the technique, the choice of colours or the theme. It is been a while since I had visited the TerminARTors website and although it is the greatest and the most professional website about Art I have ever seen, it can be a little overwhelming when you don't know what you are looking for. Like the Internet.

So I flicked randomly through the pages and I found it. This wowed me, the colours made my day. I could almost feel the connections in my brain lighting up like a Christmas tree and the satisfaction it created at this little gem. Everybody is entitled to disagree but as far as I am concerned, I love that painting.
Look at those colours. Just look at them! The purple, the shades of blue, all the shades of Cyan, from Light Sea Green to Turquoise and Aquamarine , the dark cyan, and the green almost yellow. You don't even see the sky. You don't even have a hint about the surroundings. We just see a patch of a beach and not even a big patch. But what a patch! No sand, just water in its most beautiful representation. The moment I saw this I was amazed. And I am still amazed.
Now about the three figures. Three women. And three different points of their life. One on the edge of the ocean, at the beginning of her life. One half way through and the other elderly woman at the end of her life returning to the sea maybe?
That's just my interpretation.

Maybe Marcus Beilby (born in 1951) Australian artist could explain to us what he meant when he called this painting but he is not there to tell, is he? So i guess we will leave at that.  .

Mr Beilby became well known in the early 1980s for his photo-realist style paintings. Well I know the first you saw wasn't really photo-realist was it? But look at the next one. The art of moving.
Hard to say whether it is a painting or a picture.
Well it is a painting. After spending two years in America (1982–84) he became very aware of regional differences in people and places. When he returned to Australia he created work with a distinctly local character that explored how people are shaped by their environment.
This one is called the Voyeurs. A moment within a moment. The painter is watching the viewers who are watching whaterver is in front of them.
It makes us want to know they are watching isn't it?
I kind of like that he is playing with our curiosity.

None of those paintings have a date which is a shame because sometimes it helps to know the progression of the artist in his years of work. Oh well. So much for that.

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