Excerpts from Jill Kempson’s Oevre: Landscape in Perspective by Patrick Le Chanu
“Is landscape painting meaningful today? Since its beginning it has had to struggle for legitimacy in the heirarchy of painting genres. … Jill Kempson’s oeuvre, in all its rich diversity, shows us that landscape painting has the capacity to express all the colours and dimensions of the human soul. Earth can be seen as representing stability, our roots; Water, serenity and peace; Sky, inspiration and hope; Light, the soul’s aspiration for infinity.”
“What place does landscape painting hold in the twenty first century? The rise of abstraction and conceptualism has mostly eclipsed this long established theme, but Jill Kempson is an artist who transcends the succession of styles and art genres.
A key reason for this is Jill’s continuation of the artistic tradition of the Grand Tour. Thanks to her travels and her studies of the old masters, she has been able to assimilate, then go beyond, the ‘models’, while developing her own vision and style. Jill’s exploration of the art of the great masters has not been limited to an attentive examination of their works. She also familiarized herself with their techniques, which she studied at institutions internationally recognized in the examination, analysis and restoration of paintings.”