Saturday, October 24, 2009
Illustrations of the Heliades
The second is a fresco by Santi di Tito (1536-1603):
But the most serendipitous find was a painting by a contemporary artist, Paul Reid, born in 1975:
Reid confines himself mostly to mythological subjects. "There's plenty enough in classical myth," he said.
Laura Gascoigne has written enthusiastically and perceptively about Paul Reid and his work in:Can the age of gods speak to us today?," The Scotsman (June 6, 2008), a review of an exhibition of Paul Reid's paintings and drawings at Perth Museum and Art Gallery, is snarky: "stiffly posed figures," "old-fashioned pictures," "stagey," "not even postmodern."
To this laudator temporis acti, Paul Reid's paintings of mythological subjects are a refreshing oasis in the postmodern wasteland.
Related post: Anachronists.