Acrylic on canvas
Dimensions: 52.5cm (H) x 63.5cm (W) / 20.7" (H) x 25" (W)
Note: Actual colours may vary due to photography & computer settings.
Much like how contemporary art has evolved in the region, the paradigm of landscape in art has shifted dramatically over the centuries. In the Western painting tradition, landscape as a genre only became official in the 16th century and despite this, it was still lowly ranked in the hierarchy of painting genres. However, landscape art in China became established long before it became a genre of its own right in the West via the landscape portrayal of Shan Shui, and very much remains popular in this day and age. The philosophy of Shan Shui predicates that painting is not merely an open window for the viewer’s eye, but rather an object for the viewer’s mind.
In that same vein of thinking, Gestures of Landscape presents works that provoke the human mind with shadows and silhouettes of landscape, allowing viewers an opportunity to see past preconceived notions of nature and creating new opportunities for understanding via the atmosphere, mood, spirit, and the simplest of pictorial means. In all the selected works, the abstraction of the landscape is accomplished through a range of techniques applied on two and three-dimensional planes. Though each artist is dealing with the notion of landscape, there is a great variety of aesthetic and emotional differences among the works.
Based in: Malaysia
Justin Lim (b. 1983 Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia) completed his postgraduate studies in 2006 with a Master of Art(Fine Art) degree from The Open University UK conducted at Lasalle- SIA College of the Arts, Singapore and has a BA(Hons) Fine Art majoring in painting. He was the recipient of the 2008 Malaysia-Australia Visual Artist Residency at Rimbun Dahan, Malaysia and participated in the 2009 Asian Art Biennial held at the Taiwan Museum of Fine Arts. He was also the recipient of the 2011 Asian Artist Fellowship at the Vermont Studio Center, USA and the 2012 Khazanah Nasional Artist Residency hosted by Red Gate Gallery in Beijing, China. In 2016, he exhibited in Asia Young 36, a survey of young contemporary art practices in Asia at the Jeonbuk Museum of Art in South Korea and was also the International artist in residence at The Tasmanian College of the Arts, University of Tasmania, Australia. He lives and works in Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia.
Justin’s paintings, installations and mixed media works are assemblages of appropriated imageries and borrowed signs from a variety of Pop culture sources such as cult or popular films, cartoons, comic books and graphic posters. His works examine the contemporary social context, touching on issues such as politics, culture and religion by using potent metaphors usually associated with urban subcultures and applying a cut and paste painting method in which eclectic images are juxtaposed to create startling interpretations.
(Photograph by Ian Wong, Courtesy of PIN Prestige)
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