“The Art of the Book” - Silent Auction
Artwork Title: Turner Visions
Artist: Kay Kandra
Height: 21" (framed)
(Six Turner Pastiches, each, 6" x 8" framed on one panel)
Medium or Technique(s): Aquarelle, including body color or gouache on hand made or mold made paper
Item #: 25
Reserve Bid: $600
Artist Statement: “Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in 1775 and died in 1851, the year Claude Monet was 11 years old and James McNeill Whistler was 17 years old, entering the U.S. Military Academy at West Point.
In the 1980’s, having spent decades working to master the watercolor medium, I saw my first Turner show in London, England, and this began my deeper study of his broad spectrum of work. Turner used watercolor almost exclusively early in his career, and not simply for use in later studio oils. In much of his work, he painted in a manner that could be called impressionistic many decades before any other painter came close to the amazing simplicity, and transparency he exhibited.
JMW Turner worked small, as in my pastiche series, but also on huge paper that we seldom see even today. These works, also, are very fluid, some with fewer than a dozen strokes on a wet surface. After his death, his studio contained more than 300 canvases, 2000 watercolors and drawings, all left to the state, housed chiefly in the Tate Gallery and the British Museum. This recent pastiche series had been a pleasant return visit to my library, including Turner, by Jean Selz, QLP Art Series, and Turner, Whistler, and Monet, Flame Tree Publisher. ”
Artist Website: www.kaykandra.com