Descending landscape oil on handmade paper laid down on board
signed and dated 98 lower right
127 x 105 cm
private collection, London
€ 8 000 / 12 000 | no longer available
Stephen Lloyd, Assistant Keeper, Scottish National Gallery, states: Vibrant is the word, which most clearly describes the works of Renos Loizou. Whether it be landscape or nude, his works are all - vibrant with colour, for he gets ‘the whole day of colour into one canvas’.
It seems as though his landscapes are landscapes of the imagination - but Renos contended that he always started with something concrete, then would break it down into its constituent elements: ‘its essence and values… and shadows, originally negative may become positive when the original - say a mountain - gets lost…’. The landscapes are then reconstituted in such a way that most of the recognizable elements are still to be found in unexpected configurations. The impressions of the Mediterranean that remain in the memory are all there: white cubic houses, blackened gnarled trees, crescent moons, mountain shapes - are all worked in together. However, a careful reading of these innocent landscapes of the imagination - reveal much, much more. The pictures, ultimately, are deeply sexual.
Their erotic message is revealed by the artist both in the shapes of the elements used almost without exception, these landscapes carry a double meaning, the reward of which is a double visual excitement.