Driver’s Spirit by J Stewart
Oil on canvas
1720mm x 1420mm, presented in a gold frame
This is an oversized artwork. Please contact us for shipping details.
New Zealand artist J Stewart is passionate about capturing the unique light effects and landforms of the areas of Fiordland and Western Southland. Fiordland offers breathtaking and awe-inspiring scenes that Stewart takes to his canvas. The scale of the landforms in this region are almost unfathomable and the lush slopes of the fiords are continually activated and enhanced by rainfall. These landscapes are in a constant state of change and flux, with no two moments the same. It isn’t surprising that Stewart has revisited these subjects for over 12 years.
J Stewart works on oil canvas and linen, building up numerous glazes of paint to achieve his desired look, sometimes incorporating 40 to 80 layers to create a scene with a rich depth of colour.
Whilst realistic in their depiction, these paintings are also emotive and expressive with their distinctive mists resting on the landscape creating a spiritual mood. Spending time with these works one discovers the artist has not compromised on details hidden in the fog. The eye slowly reveals distanct glaciers, birds in flight, tree tops and incoming rain. This is similar to the experience of sitting still in nature. The longer one contemplates, the more life emerges from the scene around them.
“Landscapes are my passion and i’m fascinated by the beauty of the land and its spiritual essence. I endeavour to capture nature’s absolute beauty.”