In her upcoming exhibition at Parnell Gallery, Greer Clayton continues a joyful engagement with our natural environment. Glazing with pearlised colour washes in mixed media acrylic, Greer inquires into subtle variations of colour, light and form. The result is a stunning range of atmospheric landscape-based paintings.
In this latest series the artist alludes to certain areas without being bound to a correct topographical representation. In this way she can freely respond to an experience of place once she has returned to her studio. The exhibition title Lakes to Ocean references not only the breadth of Greer’s inspiration, but the span of her sources, from South Island lakes through to Mangawhai in the north.
In ‘Mountain Mist’ a large vertical format is employed to evoke a majestic, softly hued lake-side scene full of depth and movement. Water balances sky in reflection, the resulting play of hues and tones across the canvas revealing a textural essence of the landscape. Greers’ skill and sound knowledge of her medium facilitate a light touch. In ‘Onetangi Vista’ coastal silhouettes are deftly emphasised to define the image, bringing the luminous expanse of elements to life while retaining a sense of connectedness throughout sea, sky and picture plane. Small, vibrant areas of vivid colour are woven in to catch and delight the eye, such as the gorgeous teal green near the horizon in ‘Sunday Escape’.
Greer is a graduate of Elam Art School. She has travelled extensively and lived and worked in London and Australia, showing her work successfully in Sydney. She is now settled in Auckland with her husband and two young children, and has been exhibiting regularly with Parnell Gallery for five years.