The Art of Watercolour 36th issue - PRINT Edition
The fall issue of The Art of Watercolour takes you once again around the world of watercolour: from Ireland with the amazing portraits of John Cooney to the US with Marnie Becker’s pointillist approach to watercolour. We also pay in this issue tribute to master Charles Reid, one of the great masters of watercolour. Happy reading.
Zoom on: “Lythraceae”, by Navin Tan
What’s on: Watercolour events from all over the world.
We were there: The 2019 Biennale of Brioude, France.
Call for entries: Try your luck in the next international competitions
Readers’ competition: The results of the Marine theme contest.
Readers’ competition winner: John Cooney
Readers’ competition runner-up:
- Ekaterina Sava
- Corneliu Dragan
One theme, 3 artists: Charles Rouse, Ryan Fox and Joe Dowden share their points of view on preserving whites.
My last painting: “Hortensia and Delphinium”, by Sarah Yeoman, and “Morning Still Life” by Olga Litvinenko.
MEET THE ARTISTS
Portfolio: American artist Charles Reid, who passed away last June, was one of the most important and influential watercolourists of the 20th century.
Alexis le Borgne: A young and increasingly popular artist for whom watercolour rhymes with strength, spontaneity, light and subtlety.
Revelations: Galina Gomzina and Annick Malotaux.
Julie Gilbert Pollard: She has made rocky sites her favourite subject, and likes to use strong colours to create added sensations.
Marnie becker: Her works in which she pursues a modern approach to pointillism reflect the intense emotions she feels when on location.
Anne Baron: Letting the water flow freely, she depicts nature at its most mysterious and most powerful.
Raghunath Sahoo: This Indian artist is in love with his country and culture, which he portrays in poetic and yet realistic watercolours.
Face to face: John Cooney and Suzy Schultz, two artists facing reality.
Peggi Habets: Renowned for her ballerina series, she’s back with seom new watercolours.
Mikhail Starchenko: He loves nothing more than losing himself in the details of his hyperrealistic watercolours.
Face to face: Still lifes are a multi-faceted subject that allows artists to give their creativity free rein. Irina Zhunaeva and Domenico di Meco explain how they tackle it.
Jan Min: This Dutch artist loves rendering mysterious and misty atmospheres, revealing their latent poetry.
As we all know, today, information flows at the speed of a click on a keyboard or a swipe on a telephone screen. One piece of information, be it a picture or a video quickly gives way to another and social networks now seem to have become a bottomless well endlessly watered by these data streams. Who is in a position today to say whether this is a good or a bad thing? Perhaps we should rather see this as a genuine revolution that, brought to the scale of our watercolour world, could be compared to the invention of tube paints. It was thanks to these airtight containers filled with pre-prepared ready-to-use paint that outdoor painting flourished, leading to Impressionism and thus paving the way for modern art.
Plein-air watercolour is still basically practiced in the same way as Turner and his fellow artists did: a few brushes, a few colours and a sense of wonder in front of the subject, whatever it may be, which quickly becomes a need to paint it. On the other hand, what has changed today is the incredible platform provided by social media: many artists nowadays, their watercolours barely dry, promptly publish a photo of them, which will quickly travel the world.
The young generation of artists, such as Alexis Le Borgne to whom we have devoted a full feature in this issue of “The Art of Watercolour”, have perfectly assimilated this new dimension of watercolour: the latter spends a significant amount of time referencing his work on the Internet. For him, as for many others, production and promotion go hand in hand.
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