Landscape Tracks
By Frances Walker

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Year
1994
Media
Printmaking
Subject Matter
Landscape
Reg. Number
P448
Size
54.5 x 63.5 cm

'Landscape Tracks' is a screenprint of a predominantly sparse landscape, but whilst the sublime notion of nature dominates Frances' work, she also likes to include positive traces of human activity in the landscape. This acts as a reminder of history and continuity which is represented in this work through the vivid, contrasting lime and apple green of the walking track.

Interestingly, the colour tonalities are similar to those of ordnance survey map which implies the artist is attempting to develop a greater understanding of nature through artistic endeavour. The varied orange and green etching in the mid ground is perhaps an attempt to represent the coarse botanical life struggling to survive in the sparse environment. However, a sense of the freedom of opportunity associated with nature is represented by the blue seagulls escaping in the top left of the composition.

The artist finds inspiration in the nature of the Scottish wilderness and aims to convey that wildness through her art. Inspiration also comes from the people of these untamed lands and their impact on the natural surroundings.

Frances Walker was born in Kirkcaldy in 1930 and trained at the Edinburgh College of Art. She now lives in Aberdeen and on Tiree, where she lives in one of the few remaining thatched cottages. Many of her drawings and studies are made in Tiree, with larger paintings and prints being produced in Aberdeen. Having painted many of the wildest parts of Scotland, Walker's works not only evoke this wildness but also bears witness to the people who have lived in Scotland and shaped the land with their labour.


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