Minna George - ‘Legends’ artist statement
Drawing and sketching has been integral behind Minna’s paintings. The instantaneous mark making with charcoal, graphite or ink on paper is the unique process that records an instant gesture and expression provoked by subject matter insight.
Minna began her artistic career creating hundreds of observational sketches, depicting landscape, seascapes and figures. Transferring them onto canvas compositions in a traditional sense and then proceeding with painting over them, resulted often with having a sketch and a painting based on that secondary sketch.
“Sketching is the most honest representation of a true artistic emotion, captured and sealed in the very moment where vision, inspiration and thought collide.”
“The energy behind an initial sketch is never the same when transferred or resized onto a different surface by hand, resulting in a replacement sketch of a sketch!”
Minna believes that an important element is lost during this transition, hence our desire to seek out and why we value the ‘study sketch’ of famous pieces of art often as much as the painting they inspired.
After many years of creative practice and experimentation Minna arrived at the conclusion that the initial sketch and drawing should be built within the final painting. This way she feels she is creating a ‘full circle’ of artistic technique around her subject matter, beginning with the sketch and never losing it. The original sketch is preserved by the process of enlarging and printing directly onto a unique plexiglass composite – a complex and costly process, which ensures the strongest and highest quality smooth finish. The choice of plexiglass composite and not paper is to symbolise the strength of the sketch rather than its fragility. Minna created this complex yet exciting process of using different media, including drawing, printing, painting and sculpting, to achieve the glacial effect of her subjects that has taken many months of experimentation and analysis. The results of which, are highly defined by texture and super glazed high gloss finishes, portraits of the world’s legendary summits.
The Balkan mountain range is ever close to Minna’s heart, she grew up trekking and exploring them as well as spending significant time at her family’s cabin deep in the Rilla mountains. From her numerous travels in the Alps and Russia she gained even deeper understanding of different terrains and their folds. Inspired by atmospheric extremes and conversations with significant mountaineers who have climbed and photographed summits such as Everest and Puncak Jaya she gained valuable additional insight and information to support her paintings of these epic summits.
A beautiful representation of several fine art mediums combined with modern technology to withstand the test of time. Minna believes that with this method of painting she has successfully ensured the preservation of the painting’s creative journey onto one surface.
“I finally feel that the trail from finding a subject and sketching it instantaneously, to its complete art formation will now be permanently saved as a one-off original artwork.”