2012 Prints Open Colour

2012 Prints Open Colour: Gold Medal
Lloyd Houghton, APSNZ

Gliding On

Gliding On by Lloyd Houghton, APSNZ

My subject matter has been migrating from its landscape roots to being much more figurative and, within that, often becoming quite abstract.
 
I have become much more aware of the beauty created by the rhythmic motions of the human body. Body movements which create shapes and colours that the eye cannot see. The body becomes the artists brush.
 
Something as mundane as a figure walking across a bare floor has created this graceful image. An image that evokes feelings of lightness, confidence and of being freed from the cares of the world.
 
Emily Carr, the Canadian artist and writer, described this as ‘walking with your head high and your feet light.'