J.M.W. Turner(1775-1851) exhibition, Museum of Fine Arts Boston.
I went to the exhibition of William Turner, an English painter who best expressed light, the movement of the sea, historical life record and the energy of nature in the 18th century. The exhibition is being held as a special corner at the Fine Art Museum in Boston.
Joseph Mallord William Turner RA, known in his time as William Turner, was an English Romantic painter, printmaker and watercolourist. He is known for his expressive colourisations, imaginative landscapes and turbulent, often violent marine paintings.
Now I don't need a vaccine pass and even have to wear a mask. For the first time since the pandemic, I went to an art museum comfortably.
As I am a person who draws, the small studies and sketchbooks of the painter caught my eye more than the hanging pictures in the first time. An artist's day is to draw a picture every day and to ponder how to express an object or phenomenon with a picture every hour. William Turner, too, used to draw and contemplate and explore new techniques every day.
The reason I like William Turner's paintings is that he paid attention to movement and energy. I like paintings that have some kind of energy rather than static beauty. Through his artworks, I can feel the temperature, movement, and emotion. If I look at Turner's sea, it seems as if I can sometimes hear the sound of the cold waves hitting the side of the ships. It's like watching a movie.
Sheerness as seen from the Nore(1808). Turner's mastery of marine painting rests in his ability to capture the movement and energy of water. White-cappped waves undulate across the sea's surface.
Turner had no formal education. He had a miserable childhood with his father, who was a barber, and his mother, who had a mental illness. However, he was self-taught, studying poetry, classics and Greek mythology. Such liberal arts and knowledge in the humanities can be easily confirmed by looking at the titles of his paintings. The picture below is a painting titled Snowstorm and was painted in 1812. It was painted by imagining the scene of Hannibal and his army crossing the Alps.
The best thing about Turner's exhibition was that I was able to compare Turner's oil paintings and watercolors
And I could see his delicate touch that made it possible to feel the beauty, mystery, and warmth of light from sun that fills the space with the dramatic effect of light and darkness.
After years of research and study, Turner has finally developed his own original painting technique. He did not stop at realistically describing what he saw, but turned the landscape itself into a light-filled expression of his own romantic feelings.
My children often go to art galleries with me. Paintings are a good channel for me as a parent to show the world to my children without fear and prejudice.
Turner said. “If I paint a blizzard, I don’t paint it so that the viewer understands it. I just want to show what the scene was like.”
He wanted to get closer to nature. The nature he felt was not an appearance, but a phenomenon. In 1842 he experienced a storm while visiting the Netherlands. He wanted to feel and experience directly the ever-changing natural phenomena with his whole body in the midst of a storm. He tied himself to a ship's pole and painted the scene of the storm. He had a passionate artistic soul that truly gave me goosebumps.
Turner's work was romantic and realistic, heralded Impressionism and profoundly influenced Expressionism. Among the paintings hanging in the exhibition hall, there are works that delicately depict historical sites, but there are also many paintings that are sometimes drawn like abstract paintings like the light sketches below. It seems difficult to fully understand his work.
The best thing about visiting an exhibition hall or art museum is that you can see the paintings up close. The pictures taken as a photograph can only be appreciated by the overall long-distance view. If you look at the picture up close physically, it becomes easier to recognize the picture closer
Through this exhibition, it was meaningful to be able to directly check the details of the slave ship. Slaves bought from Africa fell ill and died during their long voyages in unfavorable conditions. The vicious slave traders then threw the dead or sick slaves into the sea, leaving only the healthy slaves. The sea looks like a huge hell. Whenever I look at this picture, I always wonder what the white object in the left corner is.
Compared to his efforts to capture even the traces of the wind on the canvas, the figures are drawn vaguely like modern abstract paintings. There are no facial expressions of people staring at something, dreaming and looking at them in horror, but I can read their emotions from the vague boundaries.
Personally, I think Turner was more obsessed and focused on the energy it shows, rather than just focusing on the beauty of light. I think that is the reason why you can feel the temperature when you look at his light.
Venice with the Salute, about 1840-45. The monumental Baroque church of the Salute, with its great dome, dominates the entrance to Venice's Grand Canal. Turner probably focused on this landmark in hopes of finding a buyer. He left the work unfinished, however, barely defining the buildings on either side; water, land, and sky mercy. The extraordinary, shimmering forms evoke the paradox of dense fog on a sunny day. (Reference by interpretation of the exhibition)
Today I would like to introduce Japanese watercolor painter Kanta Harusaki.
He works very well with light and shadows. He draft an outline with a pencil, and then use a watering can or a large brush to paint the overall picture Get wet. With the paper kept moist, he starts painting with watercolor paints, adding different colors step by step, so that the painting slowly appeared colorful changes in the hands. In the position of the gradual color of the picture, he uses multiple colors to render by splashing ink to make the picture more transparent and beautiful!
When I was a child, when I was learning watercolor painting in art class, my teacher always said this. Paint from light to dark, not white. Do not use too much water, do not put the paper upright, but lay it flat. If the brush passes several times, the paper punctures and the picture becomes cloudy. But the more I draw, the more I realize that the To-do lists of "don't do this", the more limited our creativity, so we should avoid saying that as much as possible.
The artist who made me realize that my thoughts were right is Harusaki Kanta. When he paints, he sprays water as shown below, spread the paint, drops it, and throws it on paper. It's amazing how the paper stays in place even after absorbing so much water. It looks as if the paper is showering with paint.
After showering the paper as shown below, he stands up the paper like this and shakes it several times to let the paint flow. The amazing thing is that after shaking it several times, it becomes a wonderful tree, a wonderful sea, and a mountain.
He doesn't even work to paint the leaves. Take a plastic wrap and dip it in paint. And then paint over it again.
Under his work area, there is always a pet pad that absorbs dripping paint as shown below.
After pouring the paint on the paper and doing Shake It Shake It a few times, the dreamlike and fantastic work like the one below is born. It looks so easy you will want to follow along.
He also created a tutorial channel on YouTube where you can see all of his work.
Through this process, I selected the paintings I liked from among his paintings.
While working, he looks at the photos and makes them into watercolors with a more wonderful sensibility than photos.
Looking at his work, we can feel a tribute to the warmth of light pouring out of nature. I also think that there is no limit to the world of watercolors.
Below is the official website.
The heart of painters, the desire to see beautiful things together!
When we go on a trip or find something special in our everyday life, we try to take a photo and leave it behind for long memories. Sometimes you save images for yourself and want to see them later, but most of the time you want to show them to others such as family, friends and share the memories with them. So am I. Even in my dreams, when I see something so beautiful and fantastic, I go through my bag and say, "Oh, where's my camera?"
In this way, people have a heart to show something. We want to share that feeling together and enjoy the moments. Sometimes I take pictures to tell the world something. In the same way, so are the painters. There are probably not many painters who paint only to see and enjoy painting for themselves. There are some unique painters like that.
Henry Dager, a painter who died in 1973, lived in poverty and loneliness for the rest of his life, and died without revealing his work to the world. When he died, his homeowner found his works by chance while cleaning out the house and opened an exhibition for the deceased. Dager, who had been a loner for the rest of his life, moved the world he had envisioned in his head alone through writing and painting over the past 60 years. Among the illustrations containing the contents of the novel, a 10-meter-long watercolor was also included. The landlord, who had originally planned to move in a new tenant after tidying up Dager's room, paid attention to the artistic value of Dager's works. The homeowner, a famous photographer, organized his work and held his first exhibition in 1977, and also released a documentary film about the Danger.
In the case of Henry Dager, he hated his artworks to the public, so he wrote that anyone who took his work away would be cursed after death. But such painters are very rare. Most of them capture the emotions, philosophies, realizations, and discoveries they felt, draw pictures and love to show them to people.
Without this kind of heart, it would probably be impossible to paint in your own studio or room for so many years without the approval or reward of others.
So am I. The starting point for painting was because I wanted to show the dream I had. I picked up a brush because there was no way to express colors, feelings, and beauty that could not be expressed in words in my dreams.
That is why, seeing the sparkling works of other artists, it seems to convey the joy, hilarityand emotion they must have felt, and sometimes despair and sadness. In particular, recently, I have come to discover such works that sparkle like jewels, sometimes as distant as a dream.
Since the 1980s, artist Richard Thorn has been painting the coastline landscapes of Devon and Cornish in the South West of England in watercolor. When you look at his paintings, the waves of the sea surrounding beach sparkle in the sunlight, as if they were sprinkled with silver powder. Especially when I pass through the forest, I also feel the purple energy, but I found the same feeling in his paintings of forests among his works. An artist who captures the sparkling beauty of the sea and nature.
American painter john salminen, born in 1945, is a painter who mainly painted urban landscapes with watercolors. But personally, I like his urban work, but the scene in which he portrays trees is very impressive. The lonely but dignified energy shown by the bare branches that have fallen off in winter can be felt in his paintings. And I especially like the work that depicts the daily life of Americans. It depicts the everyday situations that are common in the United States. The artist's own viewpoint shows that it is a city in a quiet concrete building, but it has its own color.
(image source: https://stremmelgallery.com/artists/john-salminen/)
Kanta Harusaki is a Kumamoto-born Japanese watercolor artist who started watercolor painting at the age of 32. He knows the most transparent light colors and how to convey light and space skillfully and reliably.
Looking at their paintings, I wonder what the limits of human expression are. When I look at the point of view of things, the ability to catch the beauty, and the talent to put it all together and express it with one brush, I also paint, but I feel infinitely small in front of these masters.
Hyperrealism is an art genre that expresses everyday subjects such as places, objects, animals and people realistically like a photograph. It is also called hyperrealism or photorealism.
The beauty of hyper-realism, which sparks a debate between photography and painting, is that it penetrates the fiction by creating an image that is more realistic than reality.
It helps us discover the beauty of things we have always seen in our daily lives by maximizing the colors, materials, and characteristics of objects.
One of them is a painting by Belgian artist, Adele Renault, who captured the beauty of a pigeon among the pictures I found on the Internet by a chance some time ago.
The artist, who began observing and painting pigeons after hearing the story of Camp, a pigeon raised by a friend, was inspired to paint a very distinctive and bright portrait at first. I found some great work on her Instagram, especially about pigeons.
Looking at her works makes me wonder if the pigeons that are commonly seen on the street were such beautiful birds. An artist who captures the beauty of common and perhaps overlooked animals or objects around them and helps them to find their value.
Japanese artist Haruki Kudo follows the process of rough sketching in pencil, partially filling in color, and then detailing the fur texture, eye reflections, and beard on top.
For this painter, it seems to capture the character of a lovely, clever cat very well.
In the case of Korean artist Kim Young-seong, he draws close-ups of small creatures such as frogs and fish in detail. It seems impossible to look at his work and compare his work with real photos.
With the invention of photography in 1827, there was a time when it was thought that it was no longer meaningful to reproduce visible objects and landscapes on canvas through painting. However, hyperrealism in the 1960s became a factor that developed the art world along with Pop Art and Abstract Expressionism. Hyperrealism is a realistic and precise depiction of an object without emotions, and in the depiction, we can face various things that we could have overlooked.
Although the objects, artistic points, and philosophies of the above three artists are different, they all have something in common. It is the artist's message to discover the value of small things without neglecting the small things around them.
The inspiration for Nature.
I finally finished the picture I've been struggling with since last Thursday. I tend to draw quickly, but I think it's the first time I've drawn a watercolor painting that is small in size for such a long time. As a painter, I have to draw, but as a mother, I also have to take care of my children. Of course, now is starting spring recess and I have to spend more time with my little child.
Looking at the picture, I can see myself living a busy life with many duties and responsibilities throughout the day. This is who I am, that is, that of a painter and an housewife and a mother. It is probably the image of all mothers in the world.
Beyond the sea, the surface of the water is so calm and peaceful, but the deep inside of the sea is turbulent with many bubbles. The fish are obviously playing while looking at the flowers, but somehow they seem busy and fierce. Is even play a matter of survival for them? Anyway, I think it is the same as our daily life. For a quiet and peaceful day, we work hard, create bubbles, and do something non-stop, whether it's play or work.
However, that two fish will be happy to see red, which is one of the only colors that fish can see and enjoy, even in their fierce daily life. This is also one of the joys that art gives us.
What is the joy of a red flower in a fierce and tiring daily life? I think I found one of them today.
Of the two guinea pigs I have, Pinky is a cute piggy with white, orange and dark brown colors. It has been two months since they came to my house. During this time, his body length was about 12 inches, and it has grown well with full size. They are healthy guinea pigs that play well, are lovingly tamed, and eat well. While holding my blush to groom for the day, I noticed that the color of the fur on Pinky's buttocks was heart-shaped.
We fill them with hay all day, change the water, clean, bring vitamins and snacks, and nail cutting and grooming all day long, but they give us a lot of joy and happiness for sure.
During this exchange of labor and joy, the piggies have also become very accustomed to our house and family. Now they don't wary us in the slightest, but rather shake the cage, swarming us for carrots.
Squash, who was the most vigilant among them, now stretches his legs comfortably and rests well where we can see it.
Observing nature and animals like this is a lot of fun.
There is an artist who became famous for painting animals after observing them. She is a Belgian artist named Adele Renault.
Belgian painter Adele Renault was with his friend George Keaton and photographer Maria Naella. After hearing the story of Pigeon Camp that they were living together, she decided to paint as his new subjects. After that, she started observing the camp from time to time and delicately capturing his various appearances on a large canvas.
This pigeon friend, who became a family member of Keaton and Naela, has a patterned different vest to distinguish it from other pigeon friends. He wears a vest and repeats the routine of flying and playing outside to his heart's content and then returning when the sun goes down.
Especially personally, her delicate and beautiful feather expression is enough to capture the heart.
The artist who communicates with nature and the nature that inspires them infinitely can be confirmed in the form of talent in our lives, where we are receiving gifts without any reward.
Myungja Anna Koh
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