layer : glaze

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March 2nd, 2015
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I’ve been marveling at paintings lately, most recently beautiful work by Bay Area painter John Zurier. A fantastic interview on KQED Arts discusses his inspirations while living in Iceland, comparing the light there and in California. Softer, more transparent, washes of color. I love these paintings because they transport me back to the vast landscape, glaciers, and calm solitude I felt while traveling in Iceland.  

John Zurier, Summer Still (The Same Shadow), 2014; Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York

John Zurier, Summer Still (The Same Shadow), 2014; Courtesy of the artist and Peter Blum Gallery, New York

 

This is a technique I’d like to explore in tapestry, especially after seeing the incredible work done to this effect in one of the latest pieces at Dovecot Studios, the Glass Onion tapestry designed by Magne Furuholmen. Unexpected color blending gives that sheer transparency. Absolutely stunning work.

 

Glass Onion from Dovecot on Vimeo.

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