Elaine Green

Clouds, Mist And Other Illusions

August 26 - September 9 2017

Coalescing, dissolving – ever shifting, clouds and mists wreath primordial peaks in Elaine Green’s new body of work. The imagery portrays the majesty of the northern NSW landscape but also emanates a metaphysical sensibility. In world mythologies cloud-crowned mountains have represented an elevation above the mundanity of everyday life. They were the abode of the gods and divine power. For spiritual aspirants the way up was obscured in veils of mist. Green’s landscapes are similarly places of profound quietude that encourage the mind to rise aloft, to be aware of the transience of all things: the illusion of any notion of permanence.

Green describes this series of paintings as depicting her emotional response to the sublime landscapes she lives amidst. “Misty mornings especially fascinate me, perhaps the predilection is rooted somewhere in my English/Scottish heritage. It is the ephemerality of clouds and mist and what might exist beyond that intrigues me. My interest lies in the fleeting nature of the elements, perceiving a certain moment and then attempting to capture its memory: the essence of that point in time.”

She explains that her paintings are multifaceted. “I am also referring to all types of atmospheric optical phenomena and philosophic modal illusions, as well as the illusions that can be conveyed on canvas by painterly effects. Inspired by Turner and the Romantics, I aspire to convey the experience of being immersed in the landscape rather than making a realistic representation of it. Creations born of experience and memory of place, my works begin as abstractions; manipulating oil paint, exploring spaces that exist only on the canvas, blurring and rubbing back, adding and reducing until eventually a narrative is revealed. Like memories indistinct, they generate an atmospheric poetry, if only momentarily.”

“While I do not set out to deliberately make environmental statements I hope that my interpretations of the landscape will move the viewer into a deeper awareness of their surroundings. Perhaps in a subtle way, the works will also carry a message concerning the importance of protecting the natural world. The fragility of the region’s extraordinary landscape is particularly evident in the ever-present threat of Coal Seam mining.”

In conclusion, Green offers the words of renowned landscape photographer and environmentalist, Ansel Adams.

“Art is both the taking and giving of beauty; the turning out to the light the inner folds of the awareness of the spirit. It is the recreation on another plane of the realities of the world: the tragic and wonderful realities of earth and men, and of all the inter-relations of these.”


Residing in the Northern Rivers Area of NSW, Elaine Green holds a Bachelor of Visual Arts Degree, SCU, Lismore 2015 and a Diploma of Fine Arts, Murwillumbah TAFE 2011. Over the past few years she has received a number of awards and been a finalist in a great number of prizes including: Brisbane Art Prize, Qld 2016; Waverley Art Prize, NSW 2016; Camberwell Art Prize, Vic 2016; Lethbridge 10000, Qld 2016, 2015, 2014; Rotary Art Prize, Qld 2016; Border Art Prize, NSW 2016, 2014, 2012; Eutick Memorial Still Life Award, NSW 2015; Curator's Choice, Byron Arts Classic 2015; She Art Prize, Walker Gallery, Vic 2015; Sunshine Coast Art Prize, Qld 2014; The Kaske Award for Painting, SCU 2013; Len Fox Art Award, Vic. 2013, 2011; First Prize, Ocean Shores Art Expo, NSW 2013; Wilson Art Award, Lismore NSW 2013, 2012; Selected Caldera Art Prize, Muwillumbah, NSW 2012; Artfelt Prize, Ballina Community Gallery, NSW 2012, 2011; Stage 1 Regional Winner for Student Art Acquisitive, Muwillumbah TAFE, NSW 2010; Highly Commended, Ocean Shores Art Expo, NSW 2010.

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