Referencing Millet, 2012

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Abstract

"Referencing Millet" by G. James Brown was executed as a contemporary response to the long tradition of interpretative artworks. The drawing addresses the subject, conceptual focus, style and approach of Jean-Francois Millet (1814–75) in his etching, "Peasant Returning from the Manure Heap", 1855–56, from the standpoint of a contemporary North Queensland artist's perception of the light, colour and treatment of the portrayed subject. By design, the drawing is a point of comparison between European practices in the nineteenth century to the artist's personal art practice. An article discussing this drawing and its context may be found at: http://www.printsandprinciples.com/2012/05/james-brown-illustration-referencing.html

Research Statement

Research Background This drawing is an extension of my ongoing interest in examining relationships between current approaches in the Creative Arts (with a focus on North Queensland art practices) and historical precedents (with a focus on early European and English printmakers). I am fascinated how the motivations (e.g. choice of topic, subject and disposition of subject material) and technical processes (e.g. rendering styles, medium and format) are driven by culture, social issues and location (amongst others) and how these forces play significant roles in the creative process. The juxtaposition of my artworks with the prints by early artists highlights this concern with finding congruence and points of separation of artistic approach.
Research Contribution This drawing contributes to current research by helping to define some key attributes of current art practice in North Queensland. By intention, the drawing clarifies some of the differences separating the practice of a North Queensland artist from those of early European and English printmakers, particularly the etching by Jean-Francois Millet (1814–75) "Peasant Returning from the Manure Heap" (1855–56).
Research Significance This drawing is most likely the first to draw pictorial and conceptual connections between the working practices of a contemporary North Queensland artist and pictorial evidence perceived in the etching by Jean-Francois Millet (1814–75), "Peasant Returning from the Manure Heap" (1855–56).
Item ID: 23966
Item Type: Image
Keywords: millet, drawing, interpretation
Additional Information:

This work was exhibited in "From Model to Image" a solo exhibition by James Brown, 4-6 May 2012, eMerge Gallery, SoCA, James Cook University, Townsville. View the exhibition record at http://eprints.jcu.edu.au/24018/

Media of Output: Pen and ink on watercolour paper, 76 x 57 cm
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Date Deposited: 04 Dec 2012 05:17
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