‘Persephone ii’ 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 reveling 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. ‘Persephone ii’ depicts a layered landscape of mountains, land, sky and river, stretching back like a 2-dimensional diorama. Although the focal mountain has ben left snowy-white and the foreground rocks a granite-grey, Wightman has given the river an electric yellow shade and coloured the sky a bold violet. 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.