Bonseki (盆石; lit., tray rocks) is the ancient Japanese art of creating miniature landscapes on black lacquer trays using white sand, pebbles, and small rocks. Small delicate tools are used in Bonseki such as feathers, small flax brooms, sifters, spoons and wood wedges. The trays are either oval or rectangular, measuring about 60 by 35 centimeters in size. Oval trays have a low rim while rectangular ones are flat.
Bonseki scenes often depict mountains, seashores, and gardens. Small stones are used to represent mountains, shore lines or rocky islands that waves break upon. Miniature structures, usually of painted copper, are sometimes added to the work to make houses, temples, bridges, and the like.
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Ravilious was employed as an official painter for the army during the Second World War and captured a sense of a resilient England in his interior and landscape works. The slightly warped and incorrect perspective construction gives an eerie sense of occupation, as if you have entered the scene as someone has recently left.
Somebody must have forgotten to pass me the memo…..I have just discovered the paintings of Ardunio Cantafora, the swiss-italian architect and painter who was tutored by Aldo Rossi and is influenced by de Chirico and The Ideal City period painters.
The paintings beautifully capture conditions of time in still frames / multiple frames.
And they feel very local to Italy somehow…..