Philip Wolfhagen’s ‘Landscape Semaphore No 8’, 2004, and Brett Whiteley’s artwork ‘River at Marulan (Reading Einstein’s Geography)’, 1976 have many similarities and differences. The interpretation and understanding of these two artworks lie in the medium and colours used, along with the artist’s appreciation and meaning they were trying to portray.
Whiteley’s intentions in his artwork of rich, vibrant colours and extravagant curves, was to promote his impression of the landscape’s wild beauty and rough nature, while capturing it realistically. The free flowing and gesturing quality of his artwork gives it a sense of movement, life and spirit. Contrary to Wolfhagen’s ‘semi-abstract’ landscape, whose aim was to evoke the viewer to relate it to memories of places they had seen or visited and the feelings of that landscape and to evoke a more personal response to his artwork.
Whiteley and Wolfhagen use completely different mediums to suit their completely different styles. While Whiteley uses a brush to apply his warmer richer oil colours to his surface, sometimes collaging or cluing on rocks or other objects onto his artwork to explore the surface of his painting, Wolfhagen favors a palette knife, to slather on the oil paint mixed with beeswax.
This is not finished. just thought i would share.
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Medium:oil paint, rocks, lightbulb, canvasOil Paint + bees wax on linen/canvas
Oil paint used to show realisticBees wax added to oil paints to
colours of the landscapemake it thicker and appear to be
blurred, hazy, bittery texture
Extra material such as rocks and
light bulb are collaged/glued onUses a knife to apply the paint
to surface to explore the surface
Uses brushes to apply the oil paint
Style:Implied curvesThick, unfocused...