Lot 35 Grahame Sydney Homestead with Mt Ida oil on linen signed and dated 2004; title inscribed, signed and dated c2004 Cambrian Valley, Otago. Grahame Sydney is renowned as a landscape artist of uncommon proficiency and his vision of his environment is matched only by his uncompromising skill and technique.
In his hand, landscape elements evoke emotion in the viewer with their turbulent skies, lonely plains and eloquent hills: exacting representations of our natural world. From his home and studio in Central Otago, Sydney returns again and again to the breathtaking vistas that surround him: the Southern Alps, Maniototo, and Mt Ida, empty but for a hint of occupancy. A building, a telephone pole, a letterbox, standing in for the absent human dweller, are depictions of the sublime, of man’s insignificance in the face of nature. A tumbledown dwelling against a backdrop of ancient alps is unchanged and untouched by the temporary presence of man.
Winter in Central Otago, seemingly devoid of colour, presents extraordinary displays of light and shade, extremes of weather and terrain. In this work, Sydney has chosen to depict an old homestead, abandoned amongst the blinding snow and under a crisp, clear-blue sky.
Emma Fox, Webbs.