Acrylic on Board 1300x940 $2400.
painting by Peter Kreet.
Saturday, July 30, 2011
Sunday, July 24, 2011
|"Muro No 2" Watercolour & ballpoint pen sketch.|
21cm x 30cm on paper $240.
Portugal is a country obsessed with ceramic title decoration on both buildings and pavements, each town all over the country has its own local pattern. Their overwhelming presence dominates your vision in downtown Lisbon, whole facades of buildings both old and new are covered with decoration becoming to the eye.
I was surprised to learn that many contemporary architects design their own title patterns for new buildings, so the art form is still very much alive.
This overwhelming intrusion into every day life not only brightens up urban landscape, but make it difficult for a stranger, particularly a visual one to ignore. Introduced into the country by the Moors in the 6th cent. the colour and vibrancy of tile decoration has been taken to heart by the Portuguese population.
It is wonderful that in this age of mass production that whole workshops and studios employing twenty to thirty artists are still kept busy designing and hand painting tiles.
Many are quite roughly worked ,while are others have a more controlled even mechanical finish.
Every one to their taste, but all have an individual presence.
|"Tomar No 2" Details Fragments Blog|
acrylic and sand on board 700x1000
Peter Kreet. $2400
The exhibition I held earlier this year titled "Fragments Of Memory" was greatly inspired by this Portuguese experience. I would spend many hours walking around its towns and cities making rough quick sketches of both the street scape and various patterns, their ceramic embellishment at times looking rather the worst for wear, but still showing a smiling face to the world.
Last week while going through a folder of work I came across a number of watercolour sketches made in Portugal from drawings and later developed into full scale paintings in the studio. As you can see from the examples shown I have not diligently transcribed the sketches into paintings, nor have the watercolours followed the original drawings. I try to make may work a living thing as life is always in a state of flux from one second to the next ,we never know what will happen next so I see no reason to make visual statement that have remained static.
This free approach has allowed me to place tiles were colour may be needed and to control the eye movements of a viewer. What ever the final outcome, I have shown a number of watercolour sketches along side finished paintings so you may to some extent follow their development. In addition as so often happens in our contemporary world [ mind you the ancient one was not much better] the public have made their contribution to the finished works.
Watercolour and pen on paper 21x30
Peter Kreet $240.
These tiles belong to a Moorish fountain in Sintra. This watercolour has not been developed into a finished painting.
Watercolour and pen on paper 21x30 $240.
I have introduced some defacement onto to titles as tends to happen to public art works over the years.
|Title defacement Tomar I have taken considerable liberty in the graffiti|
Watercolour sketch 21x30cm Peter Kreet
|"Fragments of Memory" Peter Kreet $240|
Watercolour sketch for painting by the same name.
In both works I have used a free random pattern to break up the more mechanical design of a formal treatment.
|"Fragments of Memory'|
see comments above and exhibition blog.
|Untitled watercolour on paper to date has not been developed further.|
|Untitled watercolour needing further development.|
|"Courtyard fish pond"|
Watercolour on paper experiment with shadow on title floor
|"Search for Time Past"|
acrylic on board [see Fragments Exhibition blog]
Watercolour on paper 21x30cm Peter Kreet
Further experiment of shadows onto tile walls with graffiti
Watercolour and pen sketch on paper 21x30cms.
Peter Kreet has not been developed further.
|"Church in Tomar'|
Watercolour on paper 21x30cms. $240
This is a reworking of a boarder pattern in a Romanesque church in Tomar. To date I have not taken the idea any further although I feel it has possibilities for a larger painting.
|"Image from the Past"|
acrylic and sand on board [see exhibition blog]
Many titled walls have been worked over or rended with concrete or other materials over time.
In addition I have introduces figures from Sumar
|Tomar Church pattern , Watercolour on paper still to be developed.|
Peter Kreet 21x30cms $240
Sunday, July 17, 2011
"Packaged Tour Hobart" by Peter Kreet [Creet]
|'Yellow bloom of Summer"|
by Peter Kreet
|"Wrapped Tasmanian Landscape" by Peter Kreet|
|"Southwestern Tasmanian"by Peter Kreet|
|"Packaged Tourism" by Peter Kreet|
Saturday, July 16, 2011
In this secular age in the west it's unusual for artists to engage in religious painting. Having studied stained glass at the London Central School it seemed that was a possible means of earning a living when I returned to Australia in 1963. However at the time such an enterprise proved to be outside the general artistic activity then current in Australia. This led me to take an interest in religious paintings . The Blake Prize for Religious Art had been established by the Commonwealth Bank in 1951 thus offering a possible exposure for religious subject matter. Over the years artists of Christian, agnostic and atheistic belief have all exhibited so there did not appear to any reason why strong religious conviction was a prior requisite. In recent years all sorts of paintings have been include often with little or no spiritual content.
|"Calling of the Apostles"|
acrylic on board 6ft.x 4ft.
Painting by Peter Kreet
|"Crown of Thorns"|
acrylic on board 6ft. x 4ft.
Peter Kreet 1968.
Friday, July 15, 2011
|Looking down on a mountain tarn|
|Mountains as far as the eye can see|
|Ideal spot for lunch|
|Deep water tarn|
|Wind swept alpine tree|
|Alpine growth a fairy meeting place!|
Striding out across the plateau in Mt Field National Park in autumn can be an accelerating experience. Whether stride is the right word or clamber closer to the truth is a matter of opinion. The climb to the snowfields after an hour of rock hopping and odd slide down on your backside encourages a sense of anticipation of what may lie ahead. The gray figures of dead trees trusting out between the crevice and rocky outcrops bears witness to the harshness of the climate here.
Our family has made many pilgrimages to these mountains and tarn shelf, viewing the fagus forest and alpine plants, this is the world of Tasmania's highlands rarely visited by the short term tourist. Try to visit in the autumn when the fagus trees are dressed at their best in soft fading colours. I have visit in the depths of winter when the rocky crevices are filled with snow. Once I took a Jamaican artist studying here up there in deep winter, he felt compelled to experience trudging through deep snow. He was so concerned about dying in the cold that he dress himself in my daughter's antarctic all weather suit. I don't know if you have ever seen a black man go red, but I did that day the sight was very amusing especially when he unzipped his jacket and let out enough steam to drive Watt's steam engine.
acrylic on board Peter Kreet
Wednesday, July 13, 2011
|"Fraser Island"acrylic on board. 610x450|
acrylic on board. 610x450
acrylic on board 610x450
|"Nambucca Heads II "|
acrylic on board 610x450
acrylic on board 610x450
|"Approximate Portrait of M"|
acrylic on board
"Shepard Girls" by Peter Kreet
acrylic on board
This is a possible new appoach to portraits ,most likely I shall have to develope a different treatment of the face. In "Shepard Girls " below I reduced the figure to a siluette but this is not satisfactory for a portrait.
Monday, July 11, 2011
'Port of Nydri' acrylic on canvas by Peter kreet
The result of all this is that I have decided to explore this part of the Ionian Island on a quest to try to find a likely cave that fits Homer's description. I had already spent a week on Ithaca without any positive results. Now I intended to work my way down the mountainous east coast of Lefkade. To date I have inspected a large cave complex south of the city, unfortunately the caves proved to have been highly modified in recent times, many interlinked with tunnels down which some had railway lines. My guess is that they were used during WWII by the Germans as some sort of ammunition supply depot.
Further down the coast I inspected a bronze age site and took a boat from Nydri to Meganisi to look at the Papanikolis caves. The Germans had used these also to hold a submarine and seemed unlikely to have been the site the kindly Phaeacians would have deposited Odysseus.
It seems reasonable to give a brief outline of Odysseus' trials over the ten years he took to return home from Troy. Unwilling to leave his wife Penelope and infant son but was persuaded to go and once there proved to be a highly skilled not only as warrior, but also an orator and cunning tactician, Odysseus came up with the idea of the Trojan Horse [ not in Homer].
On his homeward journey he fought off many perils such as the one eyed Cyclops, the witch Circe [ who turned men into pigs], the seductive Calypso and then Sirens' island where he had too block his ears with wax to stop being seduced. His blinding of Cyclops angered Poseidon [god of the sea] resulting in the loss of all his companions. Eventually the Paeacians took pity on him and returned him to his home.On arrival he found his wife Penelope was being besieged by a hundred suitors, so disguising himself as a beggar and with the support of his son and Eumaios the swine herder killed them all.
Homer's Odysseus is one of the foundation books of western literature and the wonderful think is even two thousand seven hundred years later is still in print.
|Sirens Isle acrylic on canvas Peter Kreet|
Saturday, July 9, 2011
Not many people today believe me when I tell them that in the 50s I was required to walk around the ship I was serving on off the West Australian coast ,giga counter in hand to take radiation readings. Every four hours a crew member would set off in his typical tropical rig of tongs, shorts and sometime singlet to do the readings.The British Government carried out atomic testing on Montebello Island just off the Australian coast near Derby . Little or no concern what ever that such activity posed any form of health risk was considered.Our Federal government at the time assured the general population that all safety measures were in place. No white gloves, mask or safety helmet nothing in fact was even considered necessary. I have no idea how many seaman if any ever suffered any side effects from this exposure as most would be dead by now time heals everything. All this of course sounds like agent orange in Vietnam fiasco also claimed to be harmless. The important thing now for every Australian is to make sure such political spin never see the light of day again.