New Art Practice + The Landscape

New Art Practices + The Landscape

  • <p><strong>Toni Onley,<em> "Legscape." </em></strong>200. Acrylic &amp; magzine collage on paper. 30" x 22"</p><p>Toni Onley is a painter who often work within the lyrical abstraction movement, which is characterized by free, expressive, personal compositions unrelated to objective reality. Here, Onley created a complex, colourful, and intriguing canvas collage by combining magazine images and watercolour paint. If you look closely, you can see the bent knees and piled legs mimicking a mountainous landscape that give this work its name<em>: </em><strong><em>Legscape."</em></strong></p> <p><strong>Toni Onley,<em> "Legscape." </em></strong>200. Acrylic &amp; magzine collage on paper. 30" x 22"</p><p>Toni Onley is a painter who often work within the lyrical abstraction movement which is characterized by free, expressive, personal compositions unrelated to objective reality. Here, Onley created a complex, colourful, and intriguing canvas collage by combining magazine images and watercolour paint. If you look closely, you can see the bent knees and piled legs mimicking a mountainous landscape that give this work its name<em>: </em><strong><em>Legscape."</em></strong></p>
  • <p><strong>Takao Tanabe,<em> "Foothills." </em></strong>1976. Wodblock on paper. 17" x 23"</p><p>Takao Tanabe is unique in the way that he combines two concepts from two opposite worlds.<strong><em> "Foothills" </em></strong>shows the combination of the Western formalist approach and Japanese Sumi-e painting. In addition, this painting shows his response to the new environment he moved into near Banff, Alberta. Through responding formally, stripping out all physical objects, he focused on the interaction of colours, lines, form, and shape. His explorations offer a new perspective on landscape painting.</p> <p><strong>Takao Tanabe,<em> "Foothills." </em></strong>1976. Wodblock on paper. 17" x 23"</p><p>Takao Tanabe is unique in the way that he combines two concepts from two opposite worlds.<strong><em> "Foothills" </em></strong>shows the combination of the Western formalist approach and Japanese Sumi-e painting. In addition, this painting shows his response to the new environment he moved into near Banff, Alberta. Through responding formally, stripping out all physical objects, he focused on the interaction of colours, lines, form, and shape. His explorations offer a new perspective on landscape painting.</p>
  • <p><strong>Takao Tanabe,</strong><em><strong> "Spanish Banks." </strong></em>1988. Woodblock on paper. 14" x 24 1/4"</p> <p><strong><em>Takao Tanabe</em></strong> is unique in the way that he combines two concepts from two opposite worlds.<strong><em> Foothills </em></strong>shows the combination of the western formalist approach and Japanese Sumi-e painting. In addition, this painting shows his response to the new environment he moved into, which is at Banff. Through responding formally, stripping all physical objects, he focused on the interaction of colours, lines, form, shape. His explorations offer a new perspective of landscape painting.</p>
  • <p><strong>Takao Tanabe,<em> "Barkley Sound, Broken Islands II." </em></strong>1992. Acrylic on canvas. 48" x 96"</p> <p><strong><em>Takao Tanabe</em></strong> is unique in the way that he combines two concepts from two opposite worlds. <strong><em>Foothills </em></strong>shows the combination of the western formalist approach and Japanese Sumi-e painting. In addition, this painting shows his response to the new environment he moved into, which is at Banff. Through responding formally, stripping all physical objects, he focused on the interaction of colours, lines, form, shape. His explorations offer a new perspective of landscape painting.</p>
  • <p><strong>Takao Tanabe,<em> "Marble Island." </em></strong>1995. Lithograph on paper. 18"  x 33"</p> <p><strong><em>Takao Tanabe</em></strong> is unique in the way that he combines two concepts from two opposite worlds. <strong><em>Foothills </em></strong>shows the combination of the western formalist approach and Japanese Sumi-e painting. In addition, this painting shows his response to the new environment he moved into, which is at Banff. Through responding formally, stripping all physical objects, he focused on the interaction of colours, lines, form, shape. His explorations offer a new perspective of landscape painting.</p>
  • <p>Middle: <strong>Sylvia Tait,<em> "Icarus." </em></strong>Mixed media on paper. 25 1/2" x 19 3/4"</p><p>Sylvia Tait is another artist greatly influenced by modern art from cubism to abstract expressionism<strong><em>. </em></strong>She was know for her magnificent colour pallettes. In this case, the landscape is depicted through the technique she developed which she calls "<strong><em>the ladders.</em></strong>" These are bands that variously use thick and thin vertical colours which are evident in her mixed media piece <strong><em>"Icarus."</em></strong></p> <p>Middle: <strong>Sylvia Tait,<em> "Icarus." </em></strong>Mixed media on paper. 25 1/2" x 19 3/4"</p><p>Sylvia Tait is another artist greatly influenced by modern art from cubism to abstract expressionism<strong><em>. </em></strong>She was know for her magnificent colour pallettes. In this case, the landscape is depicted through the technique she developed which she calls "<strong><em>the ladders.</em></strong>" These are bands that variously use thick and thin vertical colours which are evident in her mixed media piece <strong><em>"Icarus."</em></strong></p>
  • <p><strong>Sylvia Tait,<em> "Icarus." </em></strong>Mixed media on paper. 25 1/2" x 19 3/4"</p><p>Sylvia Tait is another artist greatly influenced by modern art from cubism to abstract expressionism<strong><em>. </em></strong>She was know for her magnificent colour pallettes. In this case, the landscape is depicted through the technique she developed which she calls "<strong><em>the ladders.</em></strong>" These are bands that variously use thick and thin vertical colours which are evident in her mixed media piece <strong><em>"Icarus."</em></strong></p> <p>Sylvia Tait is another artist greatly influenced by modern art from cubism, surrealism, and abstract expressionism<strong><em>. </em></strong>She was know for her magnificent colour pallettes. In this case, the landscape is expressed through the symbolism she developed which she calls the "<strong><em>ladders.</em></strong>" These are bands that variously use thick and thin vertical colours which are evident in her mixed media piece <strong><em>"Icarus."</em></strong></p>

The third section brings artists that use the metaphor of the horizon as a barrier meant to be broken. Artists Toni Onley, Takao Tanabe, and Sylvia Tait use modernist techniques to subvert classical and romantic representations of the landscape.