Borrowed Landscape 2 by Phil Page.
Incorporation of borrowed scenery in a framed view is a frequent component of Japanese landscape design, although the term ‘borrowing of scenery’ (“shakkei”) in environmental design is Chinese in origin, and appears in the 17th century garden treatise Yuanye.
These two small figurative works are a response to the current period of restricted movement caused by the pandemic. They are a contemplation on my own constrained environment, the design of which incorporates small borrowed views of the surroundings seen through layered constraints.
These paintings are presented in a way which is a response to the mood of the Humble House Gallery, which evokes my own eroded memories of the several months I spent in China on an architectural commission in the late 1970s.
About the Artist
Phil Page graduated in architecture from the University of Newcastle, New South Wales and was awarded the University Medal and Master of Architecture.
This was followed by a career as a practicing architect in the public and private sectors with projects in many parts of Australia and overseas. This background informs and drives his painting.
His subsequent studies in the Painting Workshop at the Australian National University School of Art and Design led to the award of a Graduate Diploma in 2011 and a Doctor of Philosophy in 2019. He has been a Studio Artist at M16 Artspace since 2017 and exhibits regularly in their gallery spaces as well as ANCA and GOST.