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Moreau Painting

Amanda Rackowe


Painting, Oil on Canvas

Size: 23.6 W x 23.6 H x 0.8 D in

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Abandoned buildings always intrigue me and this striking white building with turquoise windows seemed to still be shouting out its plea to be saved. Moreau, no more. The exploitation of oyster cultivation has come to an end for this enterprise, situated on the french island of Oléron. But the legacy of the once thriving business stands defiant, in the heat of a summer sun. This painting was created using brush and palette knife work. The figurative architectural lines of the building stand in contrast to the abstracted flowing paint of the foreground. This painting is in oil and and built up in thin layers to create depth and richness to the work. The paint has some large flat areas and textured details. It is varnished in a satin finish to bring the colours alive. The canvas is wrapped to the sides in a black linen tape ensuring a clean finish to the artwork, thus enabling the work to be hung immediately, unframed. A frame may be added if required. The fixings and cord mean that this painting is ready to hang.

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Painting:Oil on Canvas

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Size:23.6 W x 23.6 H x 0.8 D in

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Amanda Rackowe is an English-born artist, based in the Dordogne, France since 2006. Born in 1964 in Oxfordshire, Rackowe demonstrated a strong enthusiasm for drawing and painting as a child, winning several school and college art competitions, in which her unusual choice of subject matter often caused controversy between judges and the public alike. Amanda Rackowe pursued a career in theatre lighting and later in architectural lighting design. Throughout these years and subsequently bringing up a large family, she continued to paint. Drawing inspiration from her career, Rackowe’s take on her work is to ‘paint with light’; a concept that has become one of the influential factors in her painting. Moving with her family to rural France in 2006, Rackowe became inspired by the light and expansive skies of the Dordogne region. At a young age, she had fallen upon the painting ‘Christina’s World’ by American artist, Andrew Wyeth - an early discovery that brought about an appreciation for sparse and open landscapes. The combination of these influential elements can be found in Rackowe’s work; appearing in her portrayal of the local landscapes near her home. A grain silo has become a reoccurring element and subject of many of her paintings, which has enabled her to explore the effects of the changing light and seasons on the landscapes and skies surrounding it. In many of her stark landscapes, she poses reminders of a human presence; perhaps a lone figure, or a vehicle with illuminated headlamps standing in direct contrast to the natural light. The echoes of Man are never far away in Rackowe’s work; distant horizons punctured by material elements, such as electricity pylons and wind generators, silos and telegraph poles. The diminishing perspective of the roads in the artist's works interpret a sense of continuation… carrying a slight disquiet, reflecting our uncertainty as to where this road will lead us, a comment on our lives, a story never told with an unknown finale. The roads of the Aquitaine landscape subsequently led to other places; into the city of Bordeaux, where the brutalist architecture, modernist bridges and Corbusier influenced buildings gave her the aspiration to find a new way to depict the scenes before her, many of which are often unconsidered in the blinkered vision of daily life. Here, the theme of isolation concurs within the crowded life of the city, hinted at amongst the concrete structures and hidden lives.

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