The Herald, T J McNamara. We love landscape. The landscape paintings of Grahame Sydney are drawing almost unprecedented crowds at the Auckland Art Gallery and this week a string of exhibitions incorporate landscape.
They are all remarkably different because no artist paints landscape just to show what it looks like – photography spectacularly takes care of that. Instead the landscape becomes the vehicle for the painter’s ideas and feeling. The landscape that carries the meaning must be painted in such a way that we can all identify with it.