The dazzlling new landscapes paintings by Jonathan McCree question received ideas of what a landscape may consist of, testing our aesthetic, historical and theoretical ideals.
Informed by extensive travel over the last few years to America and India by way of Wales and Scotland, these new paintings take the viewer on an uncharted journey. His process consists of working from reference sketches and small oils painted plein air, with recurring motifs scaled up or down to disorientate the picture plane. Some canvases are literally torn and cut up then re-assembled so that traditional devices such as foreground, middle and distance become redundant. Replaced by multi-point perspectives, complicated planar relationships and colour used both descriptively and symbolically. This testing of aesthetic methodologies replaces the practise of depiction and mimicry with a vertiginous encounter, more akin to the experience of being in and on an ever changing landscape.
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