‘Arcadia IV’ is a Giclée print by artist David Wightman. Printed onto 330gsm Somerset Satin paper with a deckled edge, the print is from a limited edition of 25 and is signed but he artist.
David Wightman possesses an exceptional ability to transform nature into art. Forget realism and holding a mirror to reality: Wightman’s work is all about revelling in the limitless possibilities of artifice, the beauty of mixing colour and playing with composition, to transplant the natural world onto the canvas in the name of art for its own sake.
‘Arcadia IV’ depicts a layered landscape of mountains, sky, and river, stretching back like a 2-dimensional diorama. Wightman works with a hyper-saturated palette of cyan against salmon, midnight against charcoal, and has created striking symmetry in the lake’s reflection.
There is a digital simplicity to the image - clean lines, flat colouration, staggered composition - that makes the artwork emphatically contemporary: welcome to landscape painting for the twenty-first century.