Paintings That Emote the Spirit of the Landscapes
Welcome to the ‘Spirit Landscapes’ – these paintings offer visual stories of the landscapes that inspired the artist. Confronting the enormity of the landscape has become a crucial aspect in Canadian identity, and a thread that is woven throughout Saturley’s work. Here you will find paintings with iconic Canadian imagery such as mountains, oceans and icebergs; set against vivid and playful backgrounds that are sometimes otherworldly. These original acrylic paintings collage together landscapes, people, nature, shapes and vivid colours. Weaving new visual stories on canvas that have a distinctly Canadian pop art style, the vision of a Canadian artist known as the ‘Iconic Canuck’.
Capturing the spirit of the landscape, transcendental, and other worldly. A distinct signature of the painter, Saturley’s landscapes are rendered using a combination of acrylics, gouache and oils. The paintings are vivid contemporary works that are anchored in traditional painting techniques, but also incorporate modern and simplified elements and forms. The ‘pop art style’ outlines move the work from realism to surrealism. “I have been drawn to the works of Lawren Harris from his Group of Seven period, but also love how he evolved his work into more abstract realms with the Transcendental Painting Group. When I decide on what I am painting, I begin with a central character. Whether that character is a mountain, a moose, or a human matters not, I’m looking for a starting point to my visual story on canvas. These days I rely heavily on intuition to guide me, and even I discover things within my work years down the road, that I did not see when I was creating the piece. I think this is what makes great art, the ability to see new things in the work for years to come.”