Lydia Bauman London, United Kingdom
Polish born, London based landscape artist and art historian dividing my time between studio practice and lecturing in art history to diverse audiences in the UK and abroad. Primarily a landscape painter I use my own mixed media technique. I have had more than 35 solo exhibitions in London and abroad, on the landscapes of India, Morocco, Israel, Australia, New Zealand , New Mexico and the UK
Always an urban dweller I am nevertheless a painter of landscapes. Spanning cultivated lands and desert regions of the world, my paintings aim at portraying the character of each place, yet remain firmly dedicated to the integrity and beauty of the painted surface. I have always felt that the earthiness of land is best served not by the convention of oil or watercolour painting, but by my own deliberately textured and experimental method which relies on happy accidents of layering, sanding, scratching of materials such as plaster, resin, wax, texture gels, sand, grit, mica particles, graphite, gold leaf, patinas and of course pigments. The concreteness of those stuffs on the surface has a materiality akin to that of landscape itself and demands to remind viewers that this is not just a view but a painterly event with its own laws of composition, style and beauty.
My paintings are large and unapologetic. Mostly 4’x4’ or its multiples in diptychs and triptychs, they best serve tastes for bold feature pieces accommodated in airy, stylish interiors. As daylight travels across them or spotlight rakes the surface, you will find ever changing moods and surprising incidents of texture, reflection, colour.
International collectors both private and corporate, include Saatchi &Saatchi, Deutsche Bank, The Dorchester, Linklaters, Amec Intl, United Airlines, State Street Bank, Gordon Ramsey, Slaughter&May, Warner Bros and countless privates homes in Europe, Israel, USA and Asia.
Projects and exhibitions
Looking for Georgia - New Mexico in the Footsteps of Georgia O'Keeffe
13/09/2017 — 09/02/2019
I travelled to New Mexico to find the places and landscape motifs painted by Georgia O'Keeffe and used that as a springboard for my own interpretation of Georgia O'Keeffe Country
|New Mexico / London