Landscapes and Seacapes at 311 Gallery in Raleigh

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Opening today at 311 Gallery in Raleigh, North Carolina. artGuidemag is excited to present this top exhibit in Raleigh in artGuide's art news segment.

Landscapes & Seascapes
311 Gallery
Reception: Sept 7, 6-9pm
Sept 6 - Sept 29

The earth has been a wonderful inspiration for artists for centuries.  The Netherlands was the first place in western culture that landscapes were painted thus the term landscape is probably a derivative of the Dutch landschap (tract of land). When the Dutch middle class wanted secular imagery for their homes, artists turned to nature.  People enjoy looking at calming green fields and blue waters; landscapes never grow old.

In the 17th century, landscape paintings were done in a ‘classical’ style in which it was important to position objects, in often contrived ways, to create a balanced, harmonious, and timeless mood.  By the 18th century, they evolved into ‘historical’ landscapes which were based on the study of real nature.  During the late 18th century, acceptance by the Académie Royale, gave landscapes the validity needed to move up in the hierarchy of accepted genre that were exhibited in Europe.

In the 19th century, from the Barbizon through the Impressionists, artists focused more on painting en plein air. Their style concentrated on tactical (how they applied the paint) and visual influences moving away from the classical and idealized.  Artists experimented with unexpected, non-naturalistic color and unusual application of paint, while exploring the psychological and spiritual places in landscapes.  This was the era of the ‘modern’ landscape.

Photography shaped landscapes through both technique and freedom.  Artists began to use the viewfinder to crop or focus close-up, giving a unique viewpoint.  Photographs allowed artists to paint in the comfort of their studios and to easily combine elements from multiple landscapes into one.

Contemporary landscapes have expanded to include urban, cultural, industrial, and architectural along with the more traditional land, sea, and water-scapes.  Artists are no longer constrained by reality; they use landscapes to study light, color, and texture, sometimes using wild color schemes.

Originally, landscapes were a form of escape from the reality of everyday life.  Today they are often used to raise awareness of conservation issues by showing the ways we impact our environment through the ways we relate to the places we live.

311 Gallery is excited to host the national juried exhibition, Landscapes and Seascapes, showcasing artists’ ongoing conversation with nature. The exhibition will be up until September 29, 2018.