For me, the Aerial Landscape has always been an intrinsic part of my identity. I find myself fighting others to have a window seat on a plane. Looking down on the earth from above has always given me a comfortable perspective and I find that life becomes somewhat insignificant as it simplifies merely into shapes and forms.
When I paint, I try to translate some of these feelings of movement and depth into my work. Although I am not as committed in the fashion of Lanyon and his paragliding or Turner supposedly attaching himself to a mast, I believe my inspiration is clearly recgonisable in the gestural, rhythmic and expressionate marks I apply to the canvas.
I first found this love for the Aerial Perspective by accidentally discovering a batch of Old R.A.F war photographs. Even in black and white, I was captivated by the painterly nature of the land. I began my own Pinterest board which contains a comprehensive list of Aerial Photos and Paintings. (including some of my own work, shameless plug)
This board is updated regularly, so feel free to check it out and follow! You can see regular progress of my own work via Instagram, following @radunlop
Richard Diebenkorn, CityScape l, 1963, Oil on Canvas
Jenny Nelson, By the Sea lll, 2008, Oil on Canvas
Sidonie Cardon, Down to Earth, 2006, Mixed Media on Canvas
Landscape Aerial Photograph of the Longji area, China
John Evans, Fields by the River, 2000, Oil on Canvas