the past year and a half I have been researching and experimenting
with the historical painting techniques of the Old Masters.
In July 2004 I received a Development Grant from ArtsWa to
do this research at the Centre for Research and Restoration
for French Museums which is located within the Musee du Louvre
in Paris France. And again in July 2005 I traveled to Maastricht
in The Netherlands to study at the Limbourg Restoration Centre,
an intensive course in the historical painting techniques.
The paintings seen in this exhibition are a result of the
knowledge acquired from these two periods of learning.
The paintings in the show are figurative atmospheric landscape
works based on subject matter derived from two different sources.
Firstly the more classical Parc de Saint Cloud series are
interpretations of the French photographer Eugene Atgets
photographs of Parc de Saint Cloud in the early 1900s
and my own experience of the Park. The park is located just
outside of Paris and was designed in its later stages by the
landscape architect Andre Le Notre. I was attracted by Le
Notres eloquent design sense and the subtle tonalities
and elusive moods of Atgets photographs. The paintings
have been titled after Atgets titles of his photographs.
The second series is of Waychinicup which is located in the
south west of Western Australia.. Waychinicup represents to
me a place that is virtually untouched by human intervention;
it is a landscape that has been beautifully designed by time
and the elements. Waychinicup in its own particular way also
possesses the subtle tonalities and elusive moods of Parc
de Saint Cloud. The paintings Pond 1 and Pond 2 are dealing
with the passage of time. The information for Pond1 was gathered
15 years earlier than Pond 2 They are both of the same places.
Small trees have grown and some have fallen. The differences
are subtle but present. Here is a landscape that was inhabited
by Australias indigenous peoples, it was their
place of Emu dreaming for me their presence is still felt.
Both Parc de Saint Cloud and Waychinicup are both exceptional
and unique in their own way. I have used the historical painting
techniques to explore 'that which has been forgotten can be
thanks to : Patrick le Chanu, Curator
Head of easel painting, polochromy, drawings and colour study
group at the Center of Reseach and Restoration for French Museums,
photography documentation Pascal Veyradier