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Searching for Bartram's Wilderness: Studies from the Field
Sept 24 - Oct 16, 2010, Oconee Cultural Arts Foundation, Watkinsville, GA

It’s difficult to find a natural landscape in the South today that resembles the presettlement wilderness described by William Bartram in his famous Travels. It can also be difficult for a contemporary southerner to read the Travels without assuming that Bartram was indulging in hyperbole. Centuries of intensive land use have transformed the South since the 1770s.

Inspired by Bartram’s Travels and my own longstanding desire to see the presettlement South that he described, I embarked on a series of paintings to offer a region-wide vision of the landscape that Bartram would have seen over two hundred years ago. Sixteen of these paintings are included in a new book, Bartram’s Living Legacy, the Travels and the Nature of the South. They, and over fifty others, including several of the paintings on display here, will be exhibited at the Telfair Museum in Savannah from January 28 to May 8, 2011.

In this exhibit I have assembled much of the field work that has been critical in helping me to understand Bartram’s experience. All of these paintings were begun, and most of them finished, in the short amount of time allowed by the passage of the sun or other ephemeral elements. They were painted in beautiful, uncommon, sometimes remote, and often imperiled places that still have the ecological and aesthetic qualities that Bartram observed. In visiting and painting these natural remnant landscapes, I believe I have come as close as possible to actually setting foot in Bartram’s eighteenth century wilderness.

The exhibit will be held in conjunction with a book reading event on September 24th when Phil Willliams reads from The Flower Seeker and Dorinda Dallmeyer from Bartram's Living Legacy. Philip will display and talk about the paintings on the cover of these two books at the event.


       

1. Dark Prong Boulders
Pisgah NF, NC
Oil on Paper
6" x 7.5"
June 6, 2006

2. Dark Prong
Pisgah NF, NC
Oil on Paper
6" x 7.5"
June 6, 2006

3. Anthony Shoals, Before Noon
Broad River, GA
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18"
April 30, 2009
4. Anthony Shoals, Afternoon
Broad River, GA
Oil on Canvas
14" x 18"
April 30, 2009
Private Collection
       

   
5. Old Field Evening
near Oconee Station, SC
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
June 11, 2009
6. Old Field Morning
near Oconee Station, SC
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
June 12, 2009
7. Burkes Mountain
Columbia County, GA
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
May 14, 2009
Private Collection
 
8. John De La Howe Forest
McCormick County, SC
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
May 15, 2009
9. Post Oak
Clarke County, GA
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
May 19, 2009
10. Oak Grove
Clarke County, GA
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
May 19, 2009
   
   
11. After Fire 1
Moody Forest Preserve
Appling County, GA
Oil on Paper
10 " x 10"
May 19, 2010
Private Collection

12. After Fire 2
Moody Forest Preserve
Appling County, GA
Oil on Paper
10 " x 10"
May 19, 2010

13. 2 Month Wiregrass
Moody Forest Preserve
Appling County, GA
Oil on Paper
10 " x 10"
May 19, 2010

14. Savanna Edge
Apachicola NF, FL
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
May 31, 2010
15. Savanna in Early Morning Fog
Apalachicola NF, FL
Oil on Paper
10"x10"
May, 2001
Private Collection
16. Savanna in Morning Light
Apalachicola NF, FL
Oil on Paper
10"x10"
May, 2001
Private Collection
   

17. Buzzard Island from Fields Point
Colleton County, SC
Oil on Paper
10.5 x 10.5
July 28, 2004

18. Edge of a Canebrake
Oil on Paper
8 " x 10"
March, 2008

19. Old Beaver Pond
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
March, 2008

20. Slough Edge
Montgomery Island, Arkansas
Oil on Canvas
18 " x 14"
June 23, 2010

21. Flooded Willows
Montgomery Island, AR
Oil on Paper
10 " x 10"
June 22, 2010
22. Gulf Dunes Study
Bonsecour NWR, AL
Oil on Paper
10 " x 10"
June17, 2010
23. River Willows
Grand Gulf, Mississippi
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
August 27, 2009
24. Lake Pontchartrain Marshes
Fontainebleau SP, LA
Oil on P aper
10" x 10"
August 26, 2009
25. Fern Hammock Springs
Juniper Springs, Ocala NF, FL
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
June 26, 2009
26. Sulphur Spring at the
Edge of Stagger Mud Lake
Lake County, FL
Oil on Paper
8" x 10"
October 23, 2009
27. Paynes Prairie
Alachua County, FL
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
June 27, 2009
28. Paynes Prairie Bluff
Alachua County, FL
Oil on Paper
10" x 10"
June 27, 2009

29. Hopkins Prairie
Ocala NF, FL
14" x 18"
June 26, 2009

 

30. Spring Basin
Manatee Springs SP, FL
Oil on Paper
6" x 7.5"
May 30, 2010
31. Spring Run
Manatee Springs SP, FL
Oil on Paper
8" x 10"
May 30, 2010
32. Prairie Opening
Chickasaw WMA, Mississippi
Oil on Paper
6" x 8"
August 28, 2009