Wednesday, 31 August 2016

Pierneef in NZ

After a lot of thought I decided to try capture some of the essence of Pierneef's stye, rather than take a specific picture as inspiration, and imagine what he might have painted if he had visited New Zealand during his life.  This was also driven by the overwhelming feel of vast landscapes in his work, a feeling I had experienced at first hand during our three month tour of NZ.  I was influenced mainly by three of his pictures, and decided the sky had to be a major factor, together with a feeling of looking into the distance and seeing the landscape draw you in.  I chose one of my own photographs from our trip, increased the sky area and simplified the foreground.  I have used screen prints of the flower of the NZ flax to frame the picture, in the same way as Pierneef used the trees, but now think I should have used a more contrasting colour.

Here are the three paintings that inspired me, and my own photograph from NZ.

 

 

10 comments:

  1. Brilliant, Linda! The fractals of sky echo Pierneef's style. Great to see you using your famous indigo-dyed cloth.

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  3. You have captured the essence of both depth and the vast scenery so well. I definitely think you have captured the very essence of his work in this piece. Well done on taking something out of NZ and putting it into something of Africa.

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  4. Good study of his work. The landscape really does draw you in, very nice.

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  5. Wow - fussy cutting with attitude. That sky is great in it's own right but as a response to Pierneef's style it's brilliant.

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  6. Cant add more. Well done. Great interpretation of your pic.

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  7. Lovely interpretation - I like how you have made this a personal souvenir.

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  8. What a brilliant use of your indigo shibori fabrics, Linda. Beautifully selected and placed. Lots of depth and an 'invitation' to travel that road. I would have liked to see the NZ flax stand and dominate a bit more - I think you see that, too. Hilary

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  9. The use of a New Zealand scene done in Pierneef style was a very clever idea and I think you achieved a wonderful combination . I loved the sky interpretation reminding me of the many storms we have had in NZ during this wet winter season just past

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  10. The sky is even better than Pierneef's. I love your interpretation of the theme.

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