Lone Tratt and Dorthe Eisenhardt

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Garden of Life, Lone Tratt, Acrylic painting (copyright held by the artist)

I wish you could see this painting full size and in the flesh, so as to speak. This painting is approximately 3  by 5 feet and is rich in warm tones of ochres, cadmiums and greens. It’s lush, and the paint handling is fluid. There’s an obvious control of both colour and brush handling. It’s loosely painted but controlled at the same time – a quality that I like to see in a painting.

Lone Tratt shares an exhibition with Dorthe Eisenhardt at the Fort Gallery in Fort Langley, B.C.  that opened this evening and runs until May 3rd. It’s well worth taking a look.

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Tree of Life, Lone Tratt, acrylic painting, copyright

Tratt works from imagination, not identifying any particular subject matter, but the forms in the paintings above and the series that accompanied it are clearly plant forms. There are flowers and foliage of sorts. The flowers resemble poppies or tulips, in bright, varied reds. There is lots to look at- good composition, movement in the forms and interesting shapes. The paint is handled  both in thin glazes and in impasto paint build-ups producing a sensuous texture of the paint surface.

A second and less convincing series by Tratt  in this exhibition has a theme of evening skies, signifying the ending of a period of one’s life. These paintings are approximately twelve inches square.  The colours are violently clashing – purples and oranges, blues and yellows. The painting technique is more rigid and the surfaces are matte. They lack the compositional intricacies and subtleties of colour found in the first series.

In this show, Dorthe Eisenhardt exhibits her first truly abstract body of work.

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Passages #7, Dorthe Eisenhardt Acrylic on canvas 30×30 inches, copyright

She starts without reference to any object. She seeks to express light and dark, warm and cool. From this modest beginning, Eisenhardt chooses the colours she wants to work with and then builds up forms, reworking them day after day until she has resolved her visual idea.   The resulting canvases almost glow with light and warmth, yet are tempered by the teal blues and other dark colours.

These are compositions that are brought into perfect harmony. The layers are enriched with textural components achieved by combing, brushing or scratching through thicker paint. In the process, she builds up rounded forms that draw you into the dark crevices or convex shapes that expand towards the viewer. There’s a strong sense of volume in these works.

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Passages #1, Dorthe Eisenhardt Acrylic on canvas 24×24 inches, copyright

If you refer back to her web page, you will see that her previous work often has been inspired by garden flowers. The iris semi-abstracts are a precursor to this exhibition of purely abstract imagery. To see more, take a look at:

http://dortheeisenhardt.com/gallery/gallery_c/

Photographs do not do these paintings justice. They almost vibrate with light.

Lone Tratt also has a web-page worth seeing at:

http://www.lonetratt.ca/painter.htm

and you will see that her work is interesting and varied.

The exhibition continues to May 3rd, at the Fort Gallery, 9048 Glover Road in Fort Langley.

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5 Responses to “Lone Tratt and Dorthe Eisenhardt”

  1. forestrat Says:

    Rats! I had a whole comment written out and then my mouse slipped and I lost it all – $#%#$%@#! If I can recall it, I’ll try again tomorrow.

    MDW

  2. forestrat Says:

    I really like Passages #7. It reminds me of turbulent water and even has little white squiggles on the surface like in some of my photos of sunlit water. I like the bright vibrant colors too.

    You wrote how much better it would be to see these works in person which went along with some thinks that I have been thinking lately. It is great that the internet gives me the chance to see things like this. In the past they would have some and gone and I’d have known nothing at all about it. Now I can see works from around the world without leaving my chair.

    On the other hand, this is still no substitute for seeing works in person; the size, the textures, the presentation and relationship between pieces, cutting out the middle men of cameras and monitors with all the conversions at each step, etc. I think we are in danger of equating having seen something on the web with having “seen” it.

    I especially worry about this with photography. Too often the end result for modern photographers is when they save the file out of PhotoShop and upload it to Flickr. The act of making a print is beginning to be forgotten – something that the masters of the medium agonized over and spent large amounts of their time doing over and over again to get just the right effect.

    I expect I will write a post about this.

    MDW

  3. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Thanks for your comments, Forestrat,
    I too am amazed at what work I’ve been able to see that I never could have seen – from far corners of the world – and the friendships that have developed because of it.
    I sympathize with your dilemmas in photography over “to print or not to print”. When painting was declared “dead” half a century or so ago, many of us wondered if painting would still have a place in artistic expression. It still does, thankfully.
    I delight in the differences between the various types of development processes in photography – the daguerrotypes, the sepias, the early chromocolours, silver nitrate, the hand tinted ones, the double exposures. All of these and I’ve not named them all, have their own textures and qualities that make them special. Some of them are no longer practiced – we move on to new discoveries and the more cumbersome ones fall by the wayside and the easier ones take hold.
    That’s progress.
    I have an older person’s distrust of the electronic process. What if the computer crashes? Where are all the photos then?
    But keeping them in vast numbers on the computer is a super way to have resource photos for an artist. Printing the special ones through commercial development processes works for me because I’ve never done otherwise. But I hope that the knowledge and skills that photographers have in the area of development and printing are not lost. They are a form of magic that has delighted the world these past two hundred years.
    K

  4. fencer Says:

    Hi lookingforbeauty,

    I’m enjoying your art lessons and your reviews and examples of others’ art work a lot (in this post and others).

    Regards

  5. lookingforbeauty Says:

    Thanks Fencer.
    BTW, there is another great show coming to the Fort Gallery. I won’t be there because I may be travelling, but two of my fave artists from the Hardware show are exhibiting. I’ll catch it in the latter part of May. It starts May 8 from 7 to 9 and they usually have great openings, if you are looking for a Friday night thing to do.
    k

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