Description

This work is part of a series that Daniel Hutchinson produced following a three-month residency on the Swedish island of Gotland, in the Baltic Sea. The series revisits the marine or seascape genre, which depicts maritime views or scenes. Adopting landscape’s horizontal format, A Grey Storm From Above and Below is like a close-up shot of roiling black waves that becomes a pretext for the study of form. No horizon line bisects the painting; instead, the sky and the sea merge in a storm where all bearings have vanished. But once the eye grasps the subject, it is inexorably drawn to the pictorial matter, which captures and reflects the brilliant, textured light. The meticulous, furrowing brushstrokes hollow out the waves and create movement, while the variations of blacks and greys construct the morphology of water in monochrome tones. The result is a constant shift between the figurative and the abstract, between illusionistic space and purely formal space, where everything is on the verge of disintegration. J. B.

Historical Vignette