In this series of blogs we ask Cove Gallery artists to choose artists and artworks that have inspired them to give us a closer insight into the influences that drive their creativity.
Antonia Phillips is a Dorset-based artist with a strong pedigree in wildlife and seascape art. A trained artist and illustrator, she works predominantly in acrylic and mixed media, producing beautifully atmospheric scenes often featuring coastal birds and other wildlife.
Not surprisingly, Antonia reveals the strong influence on her work of one the world’s best-known wildlife artists, Lars Jonsson, and an exhibition in 2008 at Tate Britain of the prominent Scottish landscape painter Peter Doig.
So, in Antonia's words...
Lars Jonsson (b1952)
Lars Jonsson is a brilliant Swedish bird artist. I first came upon his work while at Art College many, many years ago when doing my HND in Natural History Illustration. I had a book then, as I still have, which he had illustrated – ‘Birds of Europe’. I was amazed at his talent for illustration and the book started my interest in birds and birdlife. I happened to be in the second hand bookshop in Poole and found... Bird Island: Pictures from a Shoal of Sand by Lars Jonsson – this coffee-table book was full of inspiration and energy, depicting bird life on a sand-shoal which appears every year off the Swedish coast from July to September...
There are wonderful words in this book but it was the artwork which drew me in. Totally unlike the defined, yet vivid, illustrations of Birds of Europe, the paintings and sketches in Bird Island had such free movement, yet the detail was there too. The birds came alive in their landscape. You could tell he knew his subject with a passion.
Peter Doig (b1959), Tate Britain Exhibition 2008
See Antonia Phillips' collection of work at Cove Gallery here
Links to Further Information
Artist Profile - Lars Jonsson
Artist Profile - Peter DoigPeter Doig Exhibition at Tate Britain 2008