the stunning waterscapes of MaryBeth Thielhelm

I terribly miss the sea, its quiet rhythm, its sound, its horizon and its ever changing colour in accordance with the light…

The artist MaryBeth Thielhelm is one of the best to depict this unique and hypnotic atmosphere. Unlike the also talented Louise Lebourgeois who creates similar landscapes, her oil on panel are very large and less figurative which makes your mind wander even more and ready to meditate.

Plus, she also developed the technique of solarplate etchings: she takes first a photograph that she burns onto a light-sensitive plate using only water and sunlight. Therefore in addition to use a nontoxic and eco-friendly method, she is in total symbioses with the element that she depicts.


Images © 2016 Sears-Peyton Gallery

Mary Beth Thielhelm, White 0111, 2011
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Mary Beth Thielhelm, Black Sea, 2014
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Mary Beth Thielhelm, Blue Sea, 2016
oil on panel
Mary Beth Thielhelm, Deep Forest Sea, 2012
solar etching
Mary Beth Thielhelm, Salmon Rose, 2014
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Mary Beth Thielhelm, Solar Etching Installation, 2015

The ‘Undressed’ series of Antonio Sannino

After spending a week in Barcelona and absolutely loved every single moment of it (the atmosphere, seeing friends who live there, the food, but especially the light (!!!), the sun (!!!), the heat (!!!), and the sea (!!!), in few words: the quality of life), coming back to grey London with its long and expensive commute, the cold, the rain, flat-sharing being a necessity… is harsh.

London is a crazy bitch: insatiable, expensive, but always renewing herself at a speedy pace, and gosh! I love her for it. However for me today, she is similar to one of the city landscapes of Antonio Sannino. Still beautiful, but so grey and tired by its energy accumulated over the years, anonymous, cold and without much horizon…

Argh, damned you holiday blues… !

Images: © Antonio Sannino and Liquid Art System

Antonio Sannino, Undressed 79, 2016


Antonio Sannino, Undressed 11


Antonio Sannino, Undressed 6


Antonio Sannino, Undressed 18, 2016


Antonio Sannino, Undressed 10


Antonio Sannino, Undressed 63, 2014