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John Glover's Arcadian Paradise

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

'Art of "Inventing"'​

“What is so exceptional about Denyse Gibbs’ work is the level of humanity and sense of poignancy and play she brings to the digital medium.   Her large scale works confront the viewer with an insightful and intelligent juxtaposition of theme and medium and by bringing two seemingly diverse components into one format she challenges our ways of seeing.   Steeped in a love of the classical and borrowing from periods of history and culture and movements of art and their influences upon one another, she astutely and seamlessly integrates the myriad parts into a cohesive whole, and the result is breathtaking.

As viewers what we owe to Gibbs is the permission and license to be irreverent towards our formalised past knowledge of art and it’s often rigid constructs.   This is not to say she in any way ridicules what came before.   Rather in her multi-layered and stunningly beguiling images, incorporating myth and history, she offers the possibility of a new sensibility.

“Twenty-one Views of Van Diemen’s Land”, is a series of limited edition large scale digital pigment prints on museum grade fine art paper and for the first time in Gibbs’ career, she makes a conscious ode to her native Australia.   The series of 21 images pays homage to the early colonial artist John Glover (born in England 1767- died in Tasmania, Australia 1849).   Once arriving in Tasmania (formerly known as Van Diemen’s Land) Glover, who had enjoyed a reasonably successful career as an artist in Regency Britain, set about painting a landscape that had only a passing resemblance to what he saw before him.   He contrived an ‘Arcadian Paradise’, free from the constraints and guilt of early colonial life and unburdened by the judgement of his more accomplished and talented contemporaries, J M W Turner and John Constable, and created an “invented landscape”.

Utilising a Glover model as a template and subverting historical and geographical fact, Gibbs playfully and skillfully acknowledges Glover’s legacy of “invention” and proceeds to further the notion. Through the introduction of the principles of Japanese Ukyio-o from the Edo and early Meiji period and its impact on French Impression, she invites viewers to extrapolate on the randomness of such events of time and place in the course of art’s historical and cultural route.   As her ephemeral figures traverse a multi-dimensional and embellished landscape the boundaries of aesthetics are pushed towards a new and remarkable vision of events.”

New York Art Review, USA

Image 1 - The First View - La Premiere V

The First View

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 2 - Mills Plains - Moud des Plaine

Mills Plains

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 3 - Lake Petrarch - Petrarque de L

Lake Petrarch

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 4 - The Ouze or Big River  - L'Ouz

The Ouze or Big River

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 5 - Falls of The Clyde - Les chute

Falls of The Clyde

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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Cawood

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 7 - Study of trees - L'etude d'arb

Study of trees

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 8 - Figures in Landscape - Inclut

Figures in Landscape

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 9 - Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis in th

Ben Lomond and Ben Nevis in the distance

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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Dido and Aeneas in Woodland landscape

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 11 - The Eden with Orpheus L'Eden

The Eden with Orpheus

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 12 - Visions of Aphrodite in the R

Visions of Aphrodite in the River Nile

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

Image 13 - Cumaean Sibyl in Landscape wi

Cumaean Sibyl in Landscape with river and trees

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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Liber Veritatis (Book of Truth) - Landscape

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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Liber Veritatis (Book of Truth) - Patterdale and Landscape

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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On the Eden

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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Stream of Consciousness - On the Oouse

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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Imaging an Ideal World - Homage to Three Landscapes

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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Landscape as Inventions of Imagination

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm

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Illusion and Reality - with Thylacinus Cynocephalus Subtext

2011 - 2014, Limited edition digital pigment print on museum-grade fine art paper

100cm x 150cm