Melbourne Artist Lydia Ben-Natan
Painting on canvas, size 122 x 183 cm.
Born 1970, Lydia settled in Melbourne in 2001 with her husband and three daughters, having lived in New Zealand, Europe and the Middle East for many years.
Lydia has spent the best part of her life experimenting with every medium and subject matter before discovering her passion lies with in-ward found landscapes.
Her works reflect that passion as they are large-scale raw, expressive representations that capture the essence of the land and leave you wanting to be there. Her use of vibrant colours, dripping paint and textural effects combined with a progressive method define Lydia’s signature style.
I do not plan a painting, but let the painting guide me. I begin by randomly applying paint to the canvas and within minutes the beginnings of a landscape appear to me (like figures in marble) and from there, I develop it further. It doesn’t always turn out how I first envisaged but I’ve learnt to go with the flow and enjoy the ride.
Painting in this way, really permits me freedom of expression while simultaneously challenging me to explore and improve.
I liken the process of creating a painting to that of an emotional rollercoaster, a rollercoaster that I’m quite happy to continue riding.
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