Vincent van Gogh is best known for the fabulous brutal landscapes but he said in a letter to his faithful brother Theo in 1882, “Much as I love landscape, I love figures even more.” This interests me because I also began besotted by landscape and nature and thought it was down to a past life embroiled in wildlife conservation that always kept at bay the human figure. Eventually though they came to merge in my ‘Figurescape’ series. And by and by this became more central. Perhaps an example of the evolution necessary to progress.
I can see more clearly now how Cezanne ended up painting his strange huge Bathers.
Today, in a curious coming together of disparate things (not so curious really because it happens all the time, we just don’t always notice), reading the always excellent Paul Evans’ Country Diary in The Guardian, I came across this throwaway sentence, “Natural beauty lies in the unexpected relationship between things.” That could be one definition of Ecology, it is certainly a definition of how I regard the creation of Art. So here in a small nutshell is a good working stab at the meaning of life.
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