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.
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.