Contemporary landscape painter Carlos Arriaga captures a beguiling reinterpretation of a city panorama featuring a monastry surrounded by natural foliage and modern buildings. The artist portrays the urban characteristics of this vista devoid of an implication of time and also combines images in a way that transcends real perspective boundaries. It is executed in a monochromatic, grisaille palette, focusing on creating a composition pulsating with colours and textures that suffuse a dreaminess. Rendered in layers of transparent glazes, this scene demonstrates a realistically detailed juxtaposition of the natural world and human construction, to evoke the diversity of a modern landscape that is dominated with both wild and architectural forces. Echoing medieval Flemish masters, the painter executes his reimagined landscape perspectives by applying 14th Century techniques to contemporary subject matter, suspending a unique spectacle in time to achieve an idyllic work of art. The artist accentuates the magical presence of natural in the urban environment in a captivating way. This original painting is painted in oils on canvas, hand signed by the artist and ready to be displayed.
The Abbey at the River
Oil paint on black and white photographic grisaille on canvas
80 x 130 cm