Greek Landscape
By Roger Cameron

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Year
1996
Media
Watercolour
Subject Matter
Landscape
Reg. Number
G668
Size
74 x 87 cm

Thank you David Cameron for adopting this artwork.


This vivid watercolour is an abstract representation of a landscape in Greece. In 1966 Cameron travelled through Greece: his landscapes from this period are reflective of the rural landscape of the country, before its mass adoption as a tourist destination: many of Cameron's compositions are influenced by time spent on the island of Skiathos.

This piece uses a limited colour palette, dominated by yellow, to give a the warm, dry feel of a location under the Mediterranean sun The central subject is a series of buildings house nestling at the bottom of a hill. The buildings are square and solid for the most part, with white front obverse sides individual details picked out in blues to reinforce the Mediterranean theme. They are presented out of proposition with each other, featuring different sizes and dimensions. In the foreground, there is a selection of plants, resembling palm leaves, painted with broad, firm brush strokes. There is a more ordered agricultural space to the left, composed of lines of various colours to represent plants under cultivation. At the edges there are blank, uncultivated areas that frame the settlement, emphasising the human presence in the rural landscape.

The outline of the landscape, between land and sky, is formed using a sweeping watercolour line, in black. The hill behind the buildings is taller and has steep sides. There are no visible trees but suggestions of low-lying scrub growing between grey, stony areas. The colours used on the hill are pale yellows, greens and greys against bold black shapes.The sky is composed of pale blue-greys, but is there are no clouds. At the left-hand foot there is a pink rectangle, formed from newspaper with a wash of paint applied over it, solidifying the feel of collage that typifies the whole piece

Roger Cameron attended Edinburgh College of Art, as did his brother Roy.

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