The painter John Atkinson Grimshaw is best known for his moody urban landscapes. This impressionistic painting of Liverpool in 1875* is an inspiration in how tones, spheres, moods, perspectives and contexts can be found and fixed.
This scene is impressionistic and direct at the same time. It is easy to imagine you actually are there, transcended with your personal time-machine 149 years backwards to one of the most developed cities of Europe, Liverpool. Talking of ‘finding to tone’, this painting is an accurate example. No words are needed to describe what the tone of the city was.
*Grimshaw, J.A. (1875) Liverpool Docks From Wapping Wharf. Philadelphia Museum of Art, Philadelphia.
On what is now the edge of a forest I found this 35 meter mighty pedunculate oak (zomereik, Quercus robur L.) in late evening light. The rich palette of its trunk tells the story. From 10 meter above ground onwards it had decided, many years ago, to form the basis of its mighty crown. It has become a place full of life.
Geïnspireerd door het sneeuwlandschap in het Zwarte woud (1980) nabij Bad-Säckingen, op de grens van Duitsland en Zwitserland.
The story behind
Climate change is present, everywhere. It is in all headlines now. From eagle (or International Space Station) perspective one can sense the major impact of it. The ecosystems of coral reefs, forests are mostly affected. Ice sheets melt all over the place and storms are raging our homes and cities. Their colours dominate the landscape.
What stands out is the small blue square. That is government. In fact it is us. Doing not that much to prevent, adapt and redirect this change. A small blue dot within our blue marble Earth. An art expression.
This rectangle archival pigment print of the city canvas with Pantone® colours Forest Biome, Living Coral, Snow White and Storm Gray is perfect for a modern, classic and reflective look in home and office interiors. It is an urgent reminder of climate change hurting our pristine and key natural ecosystems and our present small effort to prevent and react.
Dimensions: 40 x 40 cm
Limited edition print (1/1) on Hahnemühle natural line fine art paper Hemp, 290 gsm, 60% hemp fibre, 40% cotton, white, acid- and lignin-free, ISO 9706 compliant and museum quality for high age resistance. Colours and details are brilliantly reproduced. Hemp has extremely robust fibres, for that it is used for long-lasting historical documents, such as the Gutenberg Bible and the US Declaration of Independence.
- Signed Artist Proof
- Designed by Jack Kruf, 2019
- Inclusive aluminium Barth frame and Jarson-Juhl museum glass
- Printed in Breda, The Netherlands
- Serie: EAQUO Transition
Er is er een jarig vandaag. Dochter Michelle. Zij is als een sneeuwklokje (Galanthus nivalis L., Snowdrop). Zij brengt de lente, telkens weer. Een schets van vaderlief.
And into spring we go. Sword! Foto © Renée Kruf.
One can feel so ready for take-off. © Jack Kruf
Sometimes Ireland can feel imaginary colourful. © Jack Kruf
Sometimes we need a wizard. A nice one. A Gandalf. © Jack Kruf
Leafs can create a great colour palette. Sherwood Forest in Breda. © Jack Kruf
De schoonheid van ‘roest’. Watersnoodmuseum Zeeland. © Jack Kruf