Tree + Landscape / Artist’s Statement / Stan Taft



The paintings in this exhibition represent a continuing and long-term investigation of two different but characteristic representations of the landscape. Paintings of trees, singular elements associated with the landscape contrast with somewhat distant and familiar views including trees as well as farmland, buildings, and lakes. Paintings of trees, shown as silhouettes, are located in urban and suburban settings in and around Rome, Italy, while the landscape paintings relate to rural settings in central New York State. The two bodies of work also contrast in material and technical application. Trees are painted in acrylic and oil applied to paper. Landscapes are oil on wooden panels.
In both cases, images of trees, hills, lakes, and occasional built structures provide a seemingly inexhaustible resource for the construction of paintings intent on exposing some singular and perhaps inexplicable condition of light, color, structure, or form.