Daniel Crawshaw’s painting is based on his experiences of travel through rugged and remote terrains of Wales. His almost photographic images of the snow encrusted mountains of Snowdonia are made after extensive field trips in the imposing landscape of North Wales.
Daniel says of his work:
In my photo based landscapes I am drawn to qualities unique to the medium of painting and its history. To me a painting is a hand-made object brought into fruition over time. Once complete it might stand as testament to its own distillation or achieve a duality where recollection and the apparent immediacy of an image are combined in a single statement.
In chromatically sparse renderings of remote terrain I aim to achieve a sense of monumentality and the ‘sublime’ in works of varying scale. Avoiding lists of components I try to occupy the pictorial spaces where other painters may have been, whether they be the dark vistas of Bosch or the delicate inflections of Morandi I render empty scenes that only hint at human presence.
I have a particular approach to my source material, taking my own photographs and looking for common structures in both familiar and strange places - small instances, magnified, adjusted and re-rendered in oil paint. There is a steady methodology to my production- squaring up 5’ x7’ prints I work logically through the detail, concentrating on recapturing the whole.
Maybe the paintings invite the response of a ‘double take’ appearing to be something they are not: immediate, photographic, familiar, yet distant, ephemeral and resonant in a wholly other way, material objects in their own right that suggest the realm of the sublime.