Through elegant and captivating subtlety, Cedric Flower depicted the urban areas of Sydney and Melbourne contrasted with work by artists directly preceding him. Through his art practice, Flower tried to escape hard edge representations and moved towards creating evocative works that belied extensive interpretation. Sydney Terrace 1966 illustrates his appreciation for the architecture of the post 1850s era. His ability to convey these architectural structures encouraged a greater awareness and artistic appreciation for their unique charm and history.
Warners Bay High School
I'm not here, I'm there (detail) (2011)
ARTEXPRESS Artist Statement:
During this HSC year I somehow developed a deep affi nity to place - the subject of my artwork, the Italian cities of Cinque Terre. It was a place that I’d never visited. At first, it was the relationship between the textures and architectural form of the buildings that appealed to me, much like Brett Whiteley’s fascination with Paris. But during the creation of my work the free expressive style became a catharsis, untamed by any rule, formula or barrier. It was a symbol of an escape. I wished that I was not here, but there.
Discuss how painters Flower and bakeruse their medium to evoke a time and place. Focus on the romantic perspective that both artists take of their subject matter.
How have both artists drawn on the world of architecture and imagination to express their ideas about escaping the ‘real’ world.
How has Baker incorporated the board on which she paints into her images? Evaluate how the use of this material and her restraint in these painting has contributed to the success of the work.
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