I have just returned from a weekend in London. I made a pilgrimage to Tate Modern to see the Rothko room but was very disappointed that it is not on display at the moment.
However all was not lost as I still enjoyed time looking around the permanent collection.
I was pleasantly surprised to come across this Sidney Nolan painting. I am unfamiliar with his landscapes having only seen his Ned Kelly works.
This is one painting of series which document a period of travel across inland Australian in 1948
I read that he was profoundly affected by the vast scale, desolation and silence of the desert, these are so close to the sensory feelings I get when viewing the Humber landscape. Nolan also called these paintings a ‘composite impression’ by which he ment work that combined documentary observation with remembered and imagined elements. I also wish to work from both pure emotional and gut feelings applied directly to onto work in the studio and observed responses recorded during on site visits. Another interest in his use of unconventional media in his works.