Double Dip, 1996,
oil on panel,
20 x 12 in.
new york top ten
at Elizabeth Harris
Nov. 14-Dec. 21, 1996
Julian Hatton paintings are ostensible
landscapes, but they are not landscape
scenes, nor impressions of landscape.
Instead, the artist, inspired by natural
forms, paints his thoughts about the
interaction of humanity and nature. For
Hatton, landscape painting is both a
physical and a metaphysical exercise. His
works are both microcosms and macrocosms,
internal and external, of the body and
outside the body. A work such as Double Dip
has all the elements of a portrait, yet it
remains recognizable as a landscape. Using
jarring color relationships, halting,
jagged lines and a large dose of humor,
Hatton reveals to us a little known facet
of our relationship to nature.