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It is so Endless 2002

Graeme Todd (born 1962, Glasgow, Scotland, UK)

It is so Endless
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Copyright: Copyright The Artist; Courtesy of Mummery + Schnelle, London

Graeme Todd’s complex works create a tension between the representational and the abstract. His images combine accumulated varnished layers allied with carefully drawn motifs and marks painted in a variety of materials. This piece was created during Todd’s residency at Glarus, Switzerland, in 2002. The recognisable element of the composition – the drawing of a lake with trees and huts - is a detail taken from a photographic postcard of the Klontal valley purchased by the artist. Behind, is an imagined mountain range, inspired by the mountainscape around Glarus. Surrounding these realistic elements, the drifts and swags of dotted lines and iridescent glitter, and the flat areas and linear drips of colour, confound any expectation we may have of a conventional landscape composition. Todd’s paintings are created intuitively using a layering technique; starting with a gesso-prepared wooden panel, he draws and paints using a variety of materials including oil and acrylic ink, applying a layer of varnish after each process is completed. He has compared the result to a fly embedded in amber. Todd is engrossed in the creation of different types of space in a painting – as well as a deceptive illusionistic space created using different perspectives, the layered elements function as blocking and blurring devices, the images and forms in the painting appear as close and remote at the same time. The final image is complex and multi-layered.

Acquisition Details

Acquired from Mummery + Schnelle, London, 2005
Purchased with funds from the National Collecting Scheme for Scotland which was originated and operated 2003-2006 by the Contemporary Art Society and supported by the National Lottery through the Scottish Arts Council.
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