Paintings from the Red Mill
Vermont, USA / Date: 2003 / Photo credits The Artist

Gallery: Art First, London, 2003. In these paintings of rural Vermont between seasons, the fleeting, the mysterious, is made accessible and familiar. This work is visceral – Donald Teskey paints with knives – and spiritual. By this I mean it is informed by a profound experience of the world, a lively and sensual intelligence. And because it evokes the places where we have been alone and deeply alive, the series elicits a real fascination. Looking, our own memories are captured and retrieved.

Each painting is an exercise in measured exuberance nothing is still, everything breathes, the old bridge, the barn, the mill are torqued by weather and wind. The stream is swollen and quickened with melting ice. What is expressed is not only the world’s beauty and mystery, but it’s dynamic nature. Light and shadow are accelerated.

These are paintings in a constant state of anticipation. They anticipate thaw, fog sudden  storms sudden sun – things that exemplify Vermont in early spring. They dazzle the eye and set the mind to dreaming. They are as knowing as they are beautiful.

Rikki Ducornet
Gallery: Art First, London
Date: 2003

 

    The Red Mill
2003
24 x 25 cm
acrylic on paper
The Red Mill
2003
24 x 25 cm
acrylic on paper
Water's Edge
2003
25.4 x 25.4 cm
acrylic on paper
Water's Edge
2003
25.4 x 25.4 cm
acrylic on paper
  The Bridge on Pearl Street
  2003
46 x 57 cm
acrylic on paper
The Bridge on Pearl Street
2003
46 x 57 cm
acrylic on paper
Sunlight and Shadow
  2003
25 x 30 cm
acrylic on paper
Sunlight and Shadow
2003
25 x 30 cm
acrylic on paper
    The Blue Mill
2003
25.5 x 25.5 cm
acrylic on paper
The Blue Mill
2003
25.5 x 25.5 cm
acrylic on paper
Snowbound
2003
18 x 21 cm
acrylic on paper
Snowbound
2003
18 x 21 cm
acrylic on paper
        The Firehouse
2003
24 x 25 cm
acrylic on paper
The Firehouse
2003
24 x 25 cm
acrylic on paper
Riverbank, from the Barn
2003
25.4 x 25.4 cm
acrylic on paper
Riverbank, from the Barn
2003
25.4 x 25.4 cm
acrylic on paper
Waterfall, Vermont
2003
64 x 80 cm
acrylic on paper
Waterfall, Vermont
2003
64 x 80 cm
acrylic on paper
Sketch I
Sketch I
Towards the Lumberyard
2003
64 x 66 cm
acrylic on paper
Towards the Lumberyard
2003
64 x 66 cm
acrylic on paper
    Figures in the Snow
2003
64 x 66 cm
acrylic on paper
Figures in the Snow
2003
64 x 66 cm
acrylic on paper
Sketch V
Sketch V
Sketch II
Sketch II
      The Bridge on Pearl Street II
  2003
46 x 57 cm
acrylic on paper
The Bridge on Pearl Street II
2003
46 x 57 cm
acrylic on paper
    The Mill, from the old Bridge
2003
18 x 21 cm
acrylic on paper
The Mill, from the old Bridge
2003
18 x 21 cm
acrylic on paper
    Bridge - Johnson Vermont
2003
76 x 102 cm
acrylic on paper
Bridge - Johnson Vermont
2003
76 x 102 cm
acrylic on paper
Sketch III
Sketch III
Sidewalk
2003
25 x 25 cm
acrylic on paper
Sidewalk
2003
25 x 25 cm
acrylic on paper
    The Blue House
2003
19 x 18 cm
acrylic on paper
The Blue House
2003
19 x 18 cm
acrylic on paper
Sketch IV
Sketch IV
Catalogue cover
Catalogue cover

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Paintings from the Red Mill

Gallery: Art First, London, 2003. In these paintings of rural Vermont between seasons, the fleeting, the mysterious, is made accessible and familiar. This work is visceral – Donald Teskey paints with knives – and spiritual. By this I mean it is informed by a profound experience of the world, a lively and sensual intelligence. And because it evokes the places where we have been alone and deeply alive, the series elicits a real fascination. Looking, our own memories are captured and retrieved.

Each painting is an exercise in measured exuberance nothing is still, everything breathes, the old bridge, the barn, the mill are torqued by weather and wind. The stream is swollen and quickened with melting ice. What is expressed is not only the world’s beauty and mystery, but it’s dynamic nature. Light and shadow are accelerated.

These are paintings in a constant state of anticipation. They anticipate thaw, fog sudden  storms sudden sun – things that exemplify Vermont in early spring. They dazzle the eye and set the mind to dreaming. They are as knowing as they are beautiful.

Rikki Ducornet
Gallery: Art First, London
Date: 2003

 


Vermont, USA
Date: 2003
Photo credits The Artist


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