Amanda van Gils is an Australian painter whose beautiful landscape paintings offer an interesting and compelling interpretation of the landscape genre.
The 20 paintings and 14 studies featured in this book are from her most recent series, "Views from a Speeding Train". These paintings were conceived during van Gils’ first trip to Europe where she exhibited in Berlin before traveling via Eurail throughout France, Spain and Italy as well as to Amsterdam and London.
Travelling by rail between art museums and cities was a new experience for van Gils who was struck by the distance between herself in the fast carriage and the actual landscape. Face pressed against glass views, filtered by windows and blurred by the speed of the trains were enticing yet out of reach. The sensation of separation and longing are here captured to exaggerated effect.
The paintings in ‘Views from a Speeding Train’ possess a strange and subtle melancholia - as in a sense that none of us can be sure of where 'times' are leading - metaphorically, spiritually, politically, economically - just this fast train we are all on in the early 21st century.
The book also contains an Artist's Statement and a CV of exhibiting history.