Inspired by Van Gogh

Tuesday 27 June 2017

By Ashley Lumb

About this Curation

The inspiration for this curation is the NGV’s Van Gogh and the Seasons exhibition, which is due to end on the 12th of July and was curated by art historian Sjraar van Heugten, former head of collections at Amsterdam's Van Gogh Museum in Amsterdam. Here, we’ve explored the legacy of Van Gogh’s influence with contemporary Australian artworks. There’s a mix of both Van Gogh’s impasto technique, paintings of the four seasons, and even a nude drawing.

Impasto (an Italian word for ‘paste’) is a technique where paint is applied to the canvas so thickly, often with a palette knife, that it stands out from the surface and creates a three-dimensional impression. Artists often mix the paint directly on the canvas to achieve the desired colour. Expressionists, most notably Van Gogh, used the impasto technique to convey feelings and emotion and to reflect light in new ways that the artist can control. This technique can be seen clearly in Liliana Gigovic’s close up painting Fresh Blooms.

Van Gogh had a profound connection to nature and the cycles of the seasons, with autumn being his favourite. The paintings in his short 10-year career depicted the settings for defining moments in the artist’s tumultuous life. Spring, summer, autumn and winter are all represented on our site, so have a look for your favourite season.

Lastly, Van Gogh believed that drawing was "the root of everything" and that drawing from the nude model was an important part of traditional artistic training, though only two of his female nude drawings survive today. One of our most popular artists, Loui Jover, presents his female nude Night Lights drawing in this selection.

About the Curator

Ashley is an American curator and art historian and has an M.Litt in the History of Photography from the University of St. Andrews. She has worked as a Curatorial Assistant for the British Museum and as a Research Affiliate at the Bodleian Library at Oxford University. Since 2012 she has been independently curating photography exhibitions in the US, UK, Europe, and Australia with her curatorial collective Hemera. She is also the founder of the London and New York Photography Diaries.

120cm (W) x 90cm (H)
High Quality Acrylic with Gloss Varnish on Cotton Canvas. Stretched ready to hang with painted sides
61cm (W) x 71cm (H)
Acrylic on canvas, painted edges, varnished, ready to hang
69cm (W) x 120cm (H)
indian ink on vintage book pages
60cm (W) x 60cm (H)
Oil on canvas
50cm (W) x 50cm (H)
collage and acrylic on canvas
90cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylics and Mixed Media
30cm (W) x 25cm (H)
Oil on canvas board
61cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil on stretched canvas frame
91cm (W) x 91cm (H)
Acrylic on stretched cotton canvas
51cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Mixed Media Palette Knife Painting on Stretched Boxed Canvas
140cm (W) x 102cm (H)
Acrylic on stretched canvas
120cm (W) x 90cm (H)
Acrylic on quality stretched canvas
61cm (W) x 92cm (H)
Acrylic on Canvas
51cm (W) x 76cm (H)
Oil on Canvas
51cm (W) x 41cm (H)
oil on canvas
54cm (W) x 43cm (H)
Impasto style oil paint applied with a painting knife
30cm (W) x 42cm (H)
Watercolour on Arches paper
116cm (W) x 87cm (H)
oil paint on canvas affixed to wooden stretcher
20cm (W) x 20cm (H)
Old Holland Oil Paint on sealed, gesso'd 3 mm mdf board , UV Varnished.