Lustralboy loves young talent, whether its found in the worlds of music, writing, fashion, photography or painting. Which explains our fondness for Sebastian Ward Turner, soon to present his latest works at the Brick Lane Gallery in October.
We hugely enjoyed his 2011 exhibition of contemporary celebrity portraits. We're even more excited by an early glimpse of his recent work as it harks back to his earlier fascination with landscapes, but with a surprising spin. "What spin?" you ask. Just read on.
Night and day, darkness and light, taken simply at a visual level, offer contrasts that have inspired artists down the ages. Claude's mastery of light engaged Turner in an admiring and exploratory dialogue apparent in many of his masterpieces. More recently, Danny Boyle demanded a late start to the 2012 Olympic opening ceremony just to maximise the visual impact of the fiery five rings rising into the dark night sky.
For many of us, however, the night is often associated with evil and danger. Human psychology and genetic memory easily make connections between all-encompassing darkness and the fear of the unknown. In literature, night, or the lack of light, are often associated with blackness, historically symbolic in many cultures of villainy, witchcraft and wickedness.
But for Sebastian, the night represents a time of peace, beauty and reflection. Look out for those features in the three examples that follow. As he explains, "Even today’s artificial light at nighttime, considered to be 'a pollution' by many, appears to me as a thing of beauty. From the Baroque period to the early 17th Century and indeed to the present day, paintings depicting a scene at night or 'Nocturne Paintings' are not particularly common, perhaps due to the lack of natural light that is so essential as an element of landscape and seascape painting. I find that it is precisely this lack of natural light that makes these paintings so atmospheric."
Outback. Sebastian Ward Turner
"Night nature paintings are found mainly in the Romantic and Symbolic movements and painted, more often than not, in a realist or impressionist style. It is Impressionism that has always been a passion of mine and when taking into account my favourite paintings over the last three centuries, namely 'Cafe Terrace at Night' by Vincent Van Gogh, 'Empire of the Light' by Rene Magritte and 'Nocturne Blue and Gold' by James Whistler, to name a few, I found that many of them represented a scene conveying an atmosphere of tranquility, romance and mystery. With this in mind, I was inspired to create a collection of paintings along a similar theme for my next show, entitled 'Night Vision."
The colour of night. Sebastian Ward Turner Night vision. Sebastian Ward Turner
Lustralboy loves the mysterious all-pervading stillness of the new work. As spectators, a hush falls as we are drawn into the scenes. They represent something of a contrast with works from his earlier "Horizons" exhibtion, two of which we show below. But the flawless technique and unique atmosphere that Sebastian achieves so effortlessly still underpin the images.
Mistylake. Sebastian Ward Turner Risinggale. Sebastian Ward Turner
The show will be held at the Brick Lane Gallery, London. October 3rd to the 7th with an Open Reception on October 4th betwen 6 and 8p.m. All Lustralboys and friends welcome. See you there.
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