JP Art Gallery - New Year Exhibition 2021 Final - Flipbook - Page 63
Artist: Mark Godwin
The motif of Landscape has been a major part of Mark Godwin’s work and he has
been greatly influenced by the 18th century Romantic notion of the Sublime, and our
longing for an emotional encounter with nature. These paintings are about finding
a visual equivalent for his sensation before nature. They are paintings about the
poetic idea of landscape. There is a nostalgia, and timelessness about his work, and
a conscious blurring of the boundaries between abstraction, and representation.
They are landscape of the imagination. They are paintings about feelings.
The paintings in this exhibition mark the borderlines between representation and
abstraction, and between the two realities of paint, firstly it’s illusionistic quality, and
then it’s physical materiality. Godwin has used this intermingling of abstraction and
representation to best convey a memory, or a collective memory, of landscape.
These paintings resonate.