LUKE SCIBERRAS: sense of place
19 October – 2 November 2020
Renowned Australian artist Luke Sciberras, known for his expressive ‘plein air’ painting, will share his experience in responding to place as we travel through the sublime landscape and environment that is Morocco.
Our journey begins in the ancient Imperial City of Marrakech and then takes a route over the High Atlas Mountains, through oasis valleys to the northern edge of the vast Sahara. The ancient geological phenomena that created this unique landscape is ever evident, taking us back through time to the formation of the planet.
The resilience of the local inhabitants of Morocco and their connection to the land is immense. Their traditional life-style, unique culture and history that is deeply embedded with their environment, will provide an abundance of inspiration for painting!
“As I travel year after year out to and in to the landscape I have begun to realise that my painterly approach to any sense of place is becoming more and more complex, more and more about the previous occupants and incarnations of a landscape…It has taken me this long to figure out that painting the landscape isn’t just about applying techniques and devices to render an observed ‘scene’. It is and must be a reflection of the Human Condition…
An expression of the Human condition – an expression to share and impart the beauty and story of our surroundings, our place in it and of the act itself of painting. The actual process, the physicality the substance and the evidence of the handmade mark is of universal appeal. A language without words.”
Traveling with Luke we will experience the wonderful world of the indigenous Amazigh (Berber) people. Their warmth and good humour is immense and the insights into the Islamic world and Amazigh spirituality and contemporary life fascinating. Time is given to making art en route as we explore the wealth and beauty of the Moroccan landscape and culture, interspersed with lively discussion, sharing ideas and evening reviews of the work.
“I almost always travel with other artists, never alone” says Luke, “and it is really a wonder to see as many genuine insights and inflections of a place as there are artists. Every place has its own pace and pulse as every painting has its own tone and character, such is the enduring enchantment with painting.”