Flower Fields in 3


John Stockwell is the artist that first brought my attention to the Arden Gallery back in the early ’90s.  I remember walking along Newbury Street (in Boston) and stopping dead in my tracks when his paintings were on display in the big bay windows of the brownstone building that the gallery resides in.

Stockwell’s Landscapes are, as the Arden Gallery describes, “magnificently arresting.”

"Color Crunch," 2010, oil on canvas, 59 x 39.5"

 

"Thistle Whistle," 2010, oil on canvas, 59 x 39.5"

 

"Red Silver," 2010, oil on canvas, 51 x 31.5"

 

Stockwell’s use of layer upon layer of color is so brilliant.  His flower fields have such depth and texture, almost a three-dimensional quality that cannot be captured here with these images.  The intense light that fills his landscapes is also exceptionally notable.

I’ve chosen 3 paintings in primary colors, and must point out a couple more “threes” observations.  The canvases in each of the paintings are distinctly divided into 3 parts:  the flower fields in the foreground, the blue skies with wispy clouds and the endless horizons.  And…3 techniques that John Stockwell has mastered in all of his works are his use of color, light and atmosphere.

John Stockwell’s Landscapes will be in an upcoming exhibition at the Arden Gallery from April 4 -30, with a reception scheduled for Friday, April 8 from 5-7 pm.  If you’d like to preview his paintings currently at the gallery, please visit here.

images ©John Stockwell courtesy of Arden Gallery


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