'Arcadia' | Smith Studio | Cape Town

“Landscape painting pulls me into the masterful balance of Arcadia, the ancient Roman poet Virgil speaks of a land, Arcadia, a kind of Eden, unspoiled, that is the home of pastoral simplicity, idyllic landscapes with objects perfectly positioned creating a timeless perspective. As we move into modern landscapes we push further and further away from these balanced landscapes into city highlines and manmade grey. Arcadia highlights these differences in our landscapes by focusing on the importance of nature. With an artist such as Richard Witikani landscape painting evokes the power of land and belonging, this against the likes of Tamsin Relly and Talya Lubinsky who closely engage with the role that man has played in shifting the landscape.” Says curator Amy Ellenbogen.