Lindsey Baker & Michael Lowe

Lindsey Baker & Michael Lowe

Lindsey Baker and Michael Lowe are both known for their independent and distinctive brands of realism. While both artists broadly speaking, produce works centred around environment, landscape and ecological issues – the only real connection between these two artists – is their practice, one which is slow and employs meticulous technique. For both artists painting is a time consuming process requiring intense concentration which is often taxing on the eyes.

Lindsey Baker’s new paintings are centred around a strong sense of connection to the local environment. Earthy colours with a bias to ochre, describe the colour of the land on a dry summers day, where the Manuka and Kanuka stand frozen like monuments against the unrelenting west coast wind. Baker’s technique is slow, building many layers of glazed colours over the initial under painting.

None of these places Baker paints exist, rather they are a collection of images and elements of many years travelling the narrow, winding, gravel roads to some of the artists favourite spots on the west coast. Baker selects, edits and composes from multiple images and drawings, in order to create the composition for the finished work, this process alone can take a number of weeks. The unifying theme of these new paintings is the artists ongoing fascination in exploring the rendering of textures while retaining a flat painting surface.

Michael Lowe
 continues to explore two themes in this series. Examining human perception of the landscape, in terms of how people find value and a sense of connectedness with the natural environment. As well as more discordant themes of colonialism and land ownership through questioning ‘what is natural?’ in terms of the landscape’s historical morphology.

Lowe’s unique twist on realism is a precision realism that’s not photo realist, rather an advanced realism where the hand of the artist is almost invisible – allowing the subtly of the pallet, quality of light and designed drama to take viewer beyond the surface, engaging directly with a landscape – rather than its representation.