ARTISTS RESEARCH: Practioners that produce Landscape work containing Abstract elements

As I am working with incorporating Abstract elements into Landscape painting, I thought it beneficial to research artists that have worked with creating an abstract Landscape or gestural piece, for my own knowledge expansion and to give me an idea of how other artists have intertwined different levels of abstraction into their work.

Graham Sutherland

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Graham Sutherland’s Landscape pieces are very intriguing to me. They incorporate elements of realism and abstraction. Purposefully, the perspectives are all wrong and the shape and size of the mountains is very abstract. It is interesting that eventhough no landscape in real life would look like this, we still know what we are looking at. Abstracting the imagery within my work is definitely something that I could look into.

Frank Auerbach

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Frank Auerbach’s painting are very gestural with bold and confident brush strokes. In terms of marks, this work is completely abstract. However, there is still a connection with the stereotypical look of a landscape. It would be interesting to investigate how abstract you can make a piece because it doesn’t depict anything in particular at all.

Anselm Kiefer

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I am so inspired by the work of Anselm Kiefer, his Landscapes are so bold, but you look at them and start creating your own narrative within them. He uses a variety of mixed media and his style is very distinct. The work is very scratchy and the marks represent flowers or represent trees rather than depicting them accurately. I think his work could be highly inspiring to my project. I think I would like to experiment with using a brushstroke to represent the shape of something rather than painting it accurately and adding abstract mark making or shapes to it like I have been doing.

Peter Prendegast

(c) DACS and Lesley Prendergast; Supplied by The Public Catalogue Foundation

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Peter Prendegasts work is highly interesting, because it is painted accurately, but the abstraction lies in the low level of realism, the brush strokes, messy colour blending, bright colours and mark making/scratchy lines. In the top piece, the fields are painted how they are arranged but they are painted in an abstract way. Some people would say this was a love level of abstraction but to me it is a highly level just in the technique not the imagery.

Steven P Goodman

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Steven P Goodman’s work is highly abstract, just as if paint has been pulled across the canvas but you can still recognise it as a landscape piece. I am really inspired by his work because it is so minimal but it conveys so much.

Samuel Palmer

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Technically, this is not an abstracted Landscape, but it is not realistic either. It is quite cartoon like and again I feel like it is an artists expression of how he considers the landscape and the world. John Piper was very inspired by his work.

Paul Nash


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Paul Nash’s work is interesting because he mostly uses quite geometric shapes to create elements of abstraction, it makes us believe an alternative reality. Making landscapes more geometric is an interesting idea to play with.

John Knapp Fisher

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Most of the abstraction within John Knapp Fisher’s work is down to the bleeding of the water colour paints that he uses. He sort of lets the watercolour do the work for him and just suggests Landscape shapes. This is an example of how the materials you use could add accidental elements of abstraction to your work.

Looking at the work of other artists that have used different levels of abstraction within their work encourages me to think about how I could incorporate abstraction into my work, whether I used materials that are harder to control or make gestural marks or bold brushstrokes or see how abstract I can go before my work no longer depicts anything. At the moment I have only been playing with the abstract shapes and marks within the work of John Piper, so now I have far more knowledge of how abstraction can be used effectively.