Artists inspired by the oceans
World Oceans Day is celebrated on June 8 to remember their importance in the daily lives of all of us. Every year there is a central theme, chosen in order to debate new ideas for projects for the preservation and protection of the oceans. From Monet to Katsushika Hokusai, countless artists have created works about the great oceans of this world. These, due to their extraordinary relevance, have become true references in the history of art. Discover in this article a selection of artists who are inspired by this theme for the construction of their works.
In a constant investigation into questions of perception, Noronha da Costa presented several works on the landscape, including the sea, throughout her artistic career. These pieces seek to provide the viewer with a poetic experience between the real, the multiplication and the blur. The sea reminded the artist of his childhood experiences, having continuously represented his memories in his works, praising him practically as a romantic figure. This is the case of the work Marinhas, in which there are twelve photographs that record the confrontation and constant contact between land and sea. Half of the photographs are shown in focus and the other part out of focus, raising questions about the duplicity and the viewer's own perception.
Noronha da Costa Navies
The object and its transformation is the central element in Regina Gimenez's artistic practice. Through elements that refer to the idea of solitude and the search for an unknown place, such as boats, lighthouses, globes and maps, the Spanish artist builds pieces that invite us to question reality through metaphors. In the work Mares, an image is conceived with supporting elements, that is, text, in order to open a dialogue about the transformation of objects. The great seas are portrayed in a small space, leading the viewer to question the meaning we make about them.
Seas of Regina Gimenez
In a construction between maps and memories, Amélie Ducommun presents in an abstract way a particular perspective of the harmony of the seas. Allowing herself to be carried away by nature, the artist expresses her emotions, thoughts, memories on the surface of the canvases, in successive layers, transforming her paintings into a cross between old and new ideas. The set of Water mapping works focuses on nature, in particular water. Amélie Ducommun immerses herself in her imagination, in the movements and noises of the sea to create this stunning set of works that map the surface of the water.
Water mapping of Amélie Ducommun
Ernani Oliveira expresses his artistic emotions with beautiful landscapes that combine realism with geometry. In the selection of works available at P55, the artist's enthusiasm for the Costa Nova beach can be seen, as he exhibits various perspectives on it. In an individual and unique way, it presents its charm and its features, easily recognized by those who have already walked this coast. Ernani Oliveira tells in his pieces the history of this land, in a peculiar and dynamic way, capturing the traces of the fishermen, the lighthouse and the houses with different and varied colors.
Costa Nova by Ernani Oliveira
Dedicated to landscape, Carlos Martins Pereira expresses his experiences through harmonious paintings of the sea. The lightness of the brushstrokes and the selection of pigments, heightened the sensitivity of his works. Mar da Palha II is a pure landscape, which portrays, in a poetic way, the connection between the sea and the sky, at an indefinite time of day. In a balance of elements, the possibilities of color, texture and pattern are explored, in order to express the artist's own personal vision of a memory.
In an adventure in search of beautiful landscapes, Júlio Capela has portrayed the harmony and the sublime of the memories of the places he visits, in a different way, due to the different means he uses in his creations. From acrylic to watercolor through graphite, the artist uses various pigments that make his paintings appealing and vibrant. This is the case of the work Landscape made up of different colors that offer a new perspective on each area of the piece. Júlio Capela presents three different landscapes that are surrounded by a circle. Thus, in a simple way it tells the history of the landscape, demonstrating its particularities in a peaceful and charming way, in a game between pigments, shadow and light.
Julius Chapel's landscape
With its own aesthetic, Mota Urgeiro paints graceful landscapes that awaken the peculiarities of each portrayed location. These especially attract the viewer for their placidity and tranquility, on welcoming places full of inspiration. In the work Praia da Ericeira with Hotel, there is a close-up view of the coast and the sea. Nature is the main protagonist of this admirable landscape that invites us to explore it with our eyes, in order to enter into the continuity of space in this subtle and warm atmosphere. The colorful brushstrokes provide the necessary dimensions for the formation of the sea, plants and houses. There is a preponderance of characterizing shapes rather than details, in the exuberant layers of pigment created. A sublime landscape that expresses the artist's personal vision of a space he once visited.