Artist Statement: The idea for the painting came from several sources gathered over a number of years and several trips to Europe. The initial concept came from a small carved wooden religious work depicting the “Ascension” where a group of disciples with raised arms look upwards to a pair of feet disappearing out of the top of the frame (like a Titan rocket being launched!). The next inspiration was seeing the incredible “Assumption of the Virgin” by Titian in Santa Maria Gloriosa dei Frari in Venice. What a masterpiece of composition! And thirdly viewing the wonderfully decorative work of Gustav Klimt in Vienna. The use of a gold background is common to both religious and secular works. It was the first time that I had covered such a large area with gold leaf (genuine) but the end result was worth the research and effort. – Bruce Rowland, 2017.
Medium: Oil and Gold Leaf on Wood Panel
Dimensions: 122 x 61 cms
CHG Directors Statement: This painting was selected as a finalist in the 2017 Manning Art Prize. In its 26th year the biennial Manning Art Prize has once again asked artists to explore the concept of Naked & Nude. The original idea for Naked & Nude was suggested by art critic, John McDonald who is again judging the award.
It's hard to make a past comparison with any Australian artist who has the diversification, depth of art training, skills and breadth of art interest Bruce Rowland possesses. Furthermore, he has studied, taught, refined and developed a professionalism across so many mediums. Arguably there hasn't been an artist since Norman Lindsay who has the scope of art skill across so many media as Bruce Rowland. Apart from that, he is prepared to convey and share his artistic knowledge with anyone who shares an enthusiasm with art and art history. His art was acknowledged with a major survey exhibition of his artworks at the Newcastle Region Art Gallery in 2007.
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