Islesolation gallery

Painting Autumn

Join St Thomas’s School as they investigate the work of painters from the beginning of the 20th century.

Lin Fengmian was a painter born in 1900, he was known for fusing Western and Eastern art. Fengmian often painted landscapes, elegant women and birds. These paintings had elements of traditional Chinese painting, such as the painting’s perspective and using ink with a brush. These Eastern influences were combined with the bright colours and impasto techniques introduced by artists such as Henri Matisse, which were seen in Europe at the time.

Fengmian was influential within China’s modern painting movement and taught artists that became well known such as Zao Wou-Ki. Born in China Fengmian travelled and studied in Paris and Berlin during the 1920’s. These influences can be seen in his work, sadly much of his work was destroyed in the Sino-Japanese war and the cultural revolution. Fengmian spent some of his later years trying to recreate the works that had been lost, he died in 1991 in china.

“he was quite old when he painted this. I wonder how he climbed the tree to paint the view.”

“This painter shows us that trees change colour all around the world.”

Kim N. Britov was a Russian painter born in 1925. Britov had an interrupted education, working in various jobs including welding at a railway station. He volunteered during the war in 1943 and was awarded a medal for bravely. During to the war his hand was injured, this prevented him from returning to finish his studies at Mystorya art school.

Britov continued to travel often painting the places he visited. He became involved in a new artistic movement emerging in Russia at the time. This was an artists collective that began to paint with a brighter vibrant palette, this differed from the duller subdued palettes popular with soviet masters. The group know as the contemporary Vladimir school of painting exhibited together at the “Soviet Russia” exhibition in 1960. Britov’s studio overlooked the Knyaginin Monastery in Vladimir, he still walked up to his studio every morning even towards the end of his long career.

“For sixty years, I believed that the most important things were colour and mood. It was only towards the end of my life that I realized that the main thing is the energy I put into a painting. Colour and mood can only enhance that.” – Kim N. Britov

“Do you think he used up all the yellow?  Maybe he has to do a red picture next.”

“The Yellow is beautiful. It makes me happy.”

“When I see things I like I want to paint them too, like rainbows I like painting rainbows.”

“Is that the artist in the picture? sometimes paint themselves.”

“Delve into tradition with the utmost dedication and then break away from it with the utmost courage,” – Li Keran

Li Keran was a Chinese painter born in 1907 known for his landscapes and mixing traditional and experimental techniques. Keran attended classes of both traditional Chinese painting and Western painting and later studied at the Hanzhou National Art College. Keran went on to publish an influential essay on The Reform of Chinese Painting,  in a magazine for the Chinese Artists Association. Although he experience a lot of criticism Keran continued to paint using his hybrid style of Eastern and Western influence. The artist died in 1989 in China, today his works are held in collections across the globe.

Looking at the work of all three artists, the children have responded to the colour form and mood creating their own vivid interpretations of landscape, light, and nature. Our thanks to the pupils of St. Thomas of Canterbury Catholic Primary School for working so hard to create this beautiful exhibition of paintings.

“HE WAS CHINESE. look there is the Chinese writing. It goes down the page like the waterfall.”

“If I could speak to him I’d ask him what he liked to paint best. I think he must like painting trees and mountains.”