There is a special feeling associated with winter, evoked by the likes of The Polar Express, time with friends and family, and adventures in snow-covered nature. The below artists have all created work that, for me at least, brings to mind that magical winter spirit.
Italian artist Walter Niedemayr’s photographs are winter scenes presenting images of startling beauty. Upon further study, his works invite contemplation about man’s evolving relationship to the environment.
Though his work is largely about nature and human’s relationship to it, Toronto-based artist Kim Dorland’s phantasmagoric woodland-scapes often have a spiritual feeling about them. With the right amount of imagination, they evoke the sense of silence and feeling of peace a wintery landscape can inspire.
The miniature worlds created by Walter Martin and his partner, Paloma Muñoz, are surreal little stories encapsulated in a photograph or a snow globe. Some of the works have a darker feeling to them, possessing a strangeness that inspires a sense of winter wonder—the idea for the work seemingly coming from a bizarre Christmas fairy tale.
Based on memories, Mark Thompson’s paintings are snapshots of times and spaces that became rooted in his mind. First making a viewer feel an icy chill while imagining herself transplanted into Thompson’s paintings, we then might imagine it being the view while looking out from a cozy cabin, a fire blazing.
Each of these artists carefully constructs a narrative, evoking feelings associated with winter and all its beauty, danger, mystery and magic.