Chasing Light

Freeman White

17 Apr 2019 — 18 May 2019

“Painting on location, creates a contemporary record of place . Although I stand within a long tradition of landscape painting my works are a document of the landscape as I see it now.”

In this body of work the artist explores process. From initial plein air studies painted on site, in real time, through to highly finished large scale studio paintings.

The studio paintings draw upon multiple references that the artist has gathered in the field, plein air studies, photographic reference and memories of time spent on location all contribute to the production of these complex paintings.

The act of painting en plein air draws the artists into the landscape and as brushstrokes are layed down the changing light is chased, arrested and given a physical form. These plein air paintings become the physical embodiment of the artists memories of place, the foundations upon which larger studio pieces can be built.

“I will return to a location as many times as I need to, chasing the light and painting en plein air until the final composition reveals itself to me.”

In this exhibition the viewer is invited into the artists process of documenting this ever changing landscape, from plein air to studio.

” I want viewers to feel like they are there within the landscape, for this to be possible the painting must resonate with a real sense of place “.

Freeman White 2019

Freeman White presents a series of plein air and studio works including his beautifully intricate paintings of the Tukituki and more recent interactions with the Prickly Pear.

Prickly Pear, 2019
Oil on linen panel, 410x510mm.

The Round Hill

Tukituki plein air No1, 23 July 2018

Tukituki plein air No2, 23 April 2018

Tukituki plein air No3, 31 May 2017

Prickly Pear, Bay View

Prickly Pear plein air No1, 10 December 2018

Prickly Pear plein air No2, 10 December 2018

Prickly Pear plein air No3, 10 January 2019

In Poppelwells garden, plein air, 18 December 2018