Matt Payne & Sara Langdon
Salt and Light – Joint Exhibition
Exhibition: 10 - 30 April 2018
Preview: Tuesday 10th Apr 5:30 PM
The pairing of Matt Payne and Sara Langdon sees the coast meet the mountain, the salt meet the light.
In this exhibition of new works from these two talented artists, we are invited to contemplate our familiar terrain with an eye cast toward serene detail.
Payne directs us to pay attention to the delicate features of our otherwise vast coastlines, decontextualising nature to bring those details to the forefront of our minds. He is not merely imitating nature; he is bringing painterly fragments to a breathtaking realism.
“…the aim for me is to capture the essence of what it is I’m painting. It can be an emotion, a feeling or a mood. I am fascinated by how an image is just tiny bits of colour joined or linked together like some sort of code. I love to explore the relationships between colour, light and form and how these elements are seen by the eye when they are put together.”
Drawing inspiration from the volcanic forms around her, Auckland based contemporary landscape artist, Sara Langdon, invites the viewer to contemplate the mountains themselves, rather than the usual views from the summit.
With an understated and fresh approach to landscape realism, Sara comments, “My work is not just a replication of the landscape, but a response to the beauty I see there”. The result is an arresting body of work that gently dances with light and shadow.