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Donald Bracken
Life Springs From the Sea: Abstract Landscape Painting in Metallic Earth Tones

2013

$6,500

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Abstracted landscape painting of ocean waves in metallic green and ochre earth tones "Life Springs Forth From the Sea," made by Donald Bracken in 2013 40 x 54 inches with dark wood striping, ready to hang as is Abstract landscape made with clay and acrylic paint on three panels Hangs on a French cleat Artist signature located on the back This abstracted landscape suggests the movement of gentle ocean waves. The artist used layers of clay to create a highly textured surface. Thick layers of clay were applied in wave formations, where cracks and bends developed against the smooth background, suggesting the depth of the ocean’s surface or cracked earth. The clay was mixed with metallic tones of green and ochre, in turn juxtaposing elements of nature. The painting is complemented with natural wood stripping and hangs with a French cleat. Artist statement: I have been involved with painting landscapes in one form or another for many years. At one time I had a studio on the 91st floor of the World Trade Center as an artist in residence and painted the city and the clouds above from a lofty perch. For the last year and a half I have been concentrating more on terrestrial themes: the farms, the earth, the soil from which our food springs and on which we build our foundation. Through my “dirt” paintings, I have tried to express the omnipotence of the earth, of nature and the fragility of man. I have been using dirt from farms in Glastonbury and Cornwall, and other natural substances from the ground such as river sand from the Connecticut River, clay from Cornwall, and limestone from Falls Village. I mix the dirt with heavy-bodied acrylic gel which preserves the integrity and permanence of the material. Rich populations of Native Americans may have been supplanted by settlers from another place, the rivers ebb and flow, but the land continues to sustain its people. These paintings aren’t about a place, they are of the place. I create large canvases rich in texture, with earth and materials from the land we inhabit so that the viewer can feel they are part of the landscape. More about the artist: Don Bracken is inspired by nature and incorporates many natural materials in his art. As a process-oriented artist, his process includes the discovery of materials, which he then synthesizes and formalizes in the studio. Much of his work references the World Trade Center and 9/11 drawing directly from his artist residence experience with a studio on the 91st floor in 1997. His work derives heavily from both the physical landscape and the archaeological traces of civilization, he often combines materials such as clay and acrylics with local earth, natural pigments, vines, leaves, roots, and seed pods. He incorporates rich texture, evocative form, and elements of color, light, and kinetics in pieces that describe both life’s ephemeral transience and its constant evolution, as well as documenting the human capacity to cause decline, disorder, and chaos in the natural world. Bracken has received many awards, and his pieces are in numerous American and international collections.

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  • Creator
    Donald Bracken (American)
  • Creation Year
    2013
  • Dimensions
    Height: 40 in. (101.6 cm)Width: 54 in. (137.16 cm)Depth: 2 in. (5.08 cm)
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  • Movement & Style
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  • Condition
  • Gallery Location
    Hudson, NY
  • Reference Number
    1stDibs: LU2275597362

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