artist's statement

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My artworks are not just about what the eye can see or about a particular point in time. They are an attempt at capturing the feel and essence of a particular place.

Often I revisit a place in order to further explore other aspects of that landscape or to elaborate on a theme or to create a series. For me it's all about getting intimate with place.

In order to do this I end up spending a lot of time just sitting or walking and of course sketching a particular landscape and generally just tuning in. I believe that country is sentient and if you listen close enough you'll hear Her speak.

I'd even go so far as to say that certain places ask to be painted or even written about. In the same way as a person would commission an artist to paint a portrait .  And so quite often I've found myself whilst on a painting trip taking a detour thereby gathering landscape commissions along the way.

As for the artworks, my pastels are usually started on site but always completed away from the place. I do this for 2 reasons. The practical one is that under hot conditions both I & the pastels have a tendency to melt and secondly when I'm away from the subject I reflect upon what feelings and memories I retain.  As for my oil paintings they are always done in the studio where I draw upon the sketches and also reflect and visualize being back out there.

Aside from painting I also have an interest in the psychology of CG Jung, Eastern Philosophies, comparative mythology, shamanism, poetry and literature. I have a particular penchant for American Nature Writers especially Linda Hogan, Barry Lopez and Terry Tempest Williams. I've no doubt that these interests also inform the way I create my artworks.
 
Barry Lopez writes: "To read the newspapers today, to merely answer the phone, is to know the world is in flames."

So I feel it's important, crucial and urgent to engage with landscape.  There is a mystery present in it. And more than likely also our salvation.

quotes:
Barry Lopez: The Naturalist Vintage Lopez ( 2004)


  enquiries:
rolandart@bigpond.com
  



 
curriculum vitae
Roland's artworks are to be found in corporate, private & overseas collections.

2014

pastel artworks included in
Publication:
Luminous Colour
by Linda Hibbs (Indah Creations)
50 Australian Pastels Artists

Nov/Dec 2011
Arboreal
(group exhibition)
Macquarie University Art Gallery

July/August 2011
Interior Journeys; Solo exhibition

Links House in conjunction with The Milk Factory Gallery, Bowral
and
dinner event: Landscape as the Beloved
the artist in discussion with Poet Mark Tredinncik and cultural critic/author Prof Deborah Bird Rose


Feb/March 2010

Solo Exhibition “3 States” 
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth NSW

Dec 2009
Christmas Group Show” 
Weswal Gallery, Tamworth NSW


2009/10 
Images & text included on
Blue Mountains World Heritage Institute Website
for Stories of the Blue Mountains


JUNE 2009
Red Earth Country
SOLO EXHIBITION
The Milk Factory Gallery
BOWRAL NSW

DEC 2008
Group Show 
The Milk Factory Gallery  Bowral  NSW

JULY 2008
ARTWORK FEATURED IN MAGAZINE
WORLD LITERATURE TODAY
To illustrate an essay by  Poet  Mark Tredinnick

DEC 2007
GROUP SHOW
HATHILL GALLERY
BLACKHEATH


JULY-  AUGUST 2007
SOLO EXHIBITION 
LANDSCAPES  
HATHILL GALLERY BLACKHEATH



APRIL 2007
BRANCHING OUT: STORIES OF THE BLUE MOUNTAINS
HOSTED BY BLUE MOUNTAINS WORLD HERITAGE INSTITUTE
BY INVITATION ONLY


SEPT 2004
SOLO EXHIBITION:
WESTERN JOURNEYS 
L&S GALLERY BATHURST


2001 WORKS ON SHOW AT LILIANFELS KATOOMBA



2001 ARTWORKS ON CONSIGNMENT WITH
DISCOVER ART AUSTRALIA
SYDNEY INTERNATIONAL AIRPORT
 

2000  WORKS ON SHOW AT
LILIANFELS KATOOMBA


2000
GROUP SHOW
INTERIOR JOURNEYS
GALLERY ON LURLINE KATOOMBA 



Working on site at Arkaroola, South Australia
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