Water, Colour & Life on Earth
Watercolours & Words for a Threatened Planet
Date: 10 November 2018 - 27 January 2019
Venue: TheArtsBox - Contrà San Paolo, 23 - Vicenza ITALY
Opening: 10 November at 6pm
Watercolours are by nature light and impermanent, sensitive to changes of temperature, light and humidity, demonstrating that what a watercolour painter produces on a sheet of paper exists as if in a microcosm. Watercolour pigments, derived from rocks and other natural substances, are directly connected to the Earth’s elements. Water, as the primary element of this painting technique, flows on an artist’s paper like a stream or a drop of water, or as a tide rises and falls between banks, rocks and beaches. This microcosm requires careful handling for, like the Earth itself, it is fragile.
The twenty-eight works on show not only follow a centuries-old artistic and naturalistic tradition, but also highlight the close connection between watercolour painting, with its constituent elements, and the importance of the artistic gesture as it reflects the subtle functioning of the cosmos. Seen from such a metaphorical perspective, watercolour painting asks us to reflect on the destruction of the harmony of the planet, and asks of artists that they consider their moral and aesthetic position on the preservation of terrestrial habitats.
Under the patronage of the Municipality of Vicenza
Topics: 1. Oceans & Seas; 2. Skies, Clouds, Rains & Pollution; 3. Mountains, Hills & Wilderness; 4. The Global Assault on Forests; 5. Urban and (De-) Humanized Landscapes; 6. A Threatened Planet?
Artists: Naomi Tydeman; Deborah Walker; Francisco Castro; Piet Lap; Doug Lew; Joseph Zbukvic; Keiko Tanabe; David Parfitt; Thomas Schaller; Tony Smibert; Will Maclean; Marian Leven; Angus McEwan; Barbara Nechis; David Firmstone; Richard Bolton; Franco Dugo; Ugo Riva; Pierantonio Tanzola; Silvia De Bastiani; Salvo Scafiti; Ottorino De Lucchi