Gordon Smith

Creekside Grasses No. 1

2009
Contemporary Canadian landscape painter Gordon Smith's oeuvre is entrenched in a deeply lyrical meditation on the wilderness of his adopted homeland of British Columbia. Smith finds in these natural surroundings a fundamental reason to paint, the results of which are expressive canvases that hover between abstraction and representation. "Creekside Grasses No. 1" is part of a recent series by the artist that invokes spiralling grassy undergrowth as subject matter - in this case the inverted reflection of tangled branches crossing the surface of a forest creek. With near sketch-like brevity owed to a process of painting directly onto un-primed canvas, this work presents a concise yet fleeting visual argument that reframes the focal point of a given landscape. Illustration vies with a visceral experience of nature as Smith translates the contemplative chaos of an untamed environment into an elegant lace bordering a quiet river.
Artist
Title
Creekside Grasses No. 1
Date
2009
Medium
Painting
Materials
acrylic on canvas
Dimensions
171 x 216.5 cm
Nationality
Canadian
Credit line
Purchased 2010
Accession number
42958

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