Today, I want to dedicate a post to a contemporary artist, whose work – which I stumbled upon by accident – has the power to pull you right into it: Philip Govedare.
Not much is known about this artist, except that he has an extensive exhibition catalogue and teaches at University of Washington in Seattle. So I’ll let his work speak for itself. I have chosen 4 works to show you.
The first piece ‘Dusk’ I picked, because I think it is a great way to connect my previous post about William Turner to this one about Philip Govedare. Can you see Turner’s inspiration here? I can. Whether actually true or not. The next piece, I chose because the use of red and red hues and light blue lines is really magnificent. This is a painting I would simply love to have on my wall, because I’m sure I would feel differently about it every day. It’s got a depth and lushness, I simply find irresistible.
Yet, Govedare’s work is about the natural world and warns of it’s destruction (much like my own work) as you can see very clearly in this next piece, entitled ‘Excavation #5’.
And finally, the last work I want to share today is entitled ‘Laguna’ and it really takes my breath away. The use of blurring and sharp lines reminds me of Gerhard Richter’s treatment, but it’s used in a very different manner with a very different result here. Again, I am also really in love with the use of color and hues and values. Unforeseeable combinations, with subtle changes. It makes for an image that is very natural and realistic, yet entirely abstract and surreal.
Do visit Philip Govedare’s website, as there is more to discover there (such as his drawings and monoprints and a video about his work).