‘Clouds represent an ephemeral power of nature that can quickly change from the creative stage to the destructive one.’
By Govinda Sah.
An immense contrast is found between the work of Govinda Sah and Georgina Vinsun yet both find inspiration in the clouds.
While Sah restricts his colour pallet; Vinsun allows her colour application to be spontaneous and free.
Through there different approaches to the same topic they bring a beautiful balance and antithesis to each others practice.
Recent art subject- “Hope & Horror”
This is my new series whose inspiration is the movement of clouds. Clouds represent an ephemeral power of nature that can quickly change from the creative stage to a destructive one. I have been interested in cloud movements as a theme since 2006 and I have painted hundreds of miniature sketches and miniature paintings.
I painted the “Hope and Horror’ series during my MA Fine arts course. My dissertation was on the subject of cloud movements. Clouds are the spiritual power of nature. Most of these paintings represent the powerful force of nature. In London, clouds always move and turn in a massive form. I study in detail the merging of small clouds. There is always certain kind of force attracts clouds to each other. At the stage before they merge into in massive cloud formations, I found a source of light in the massive deep and infinite sky. That is the moment I try to depict in my canvas. At this stage, clouds move very quickly in a continuous process and at this time, clouds lose their forms and are mostly transparent. This process takes very little time before clouds emerge as either as rain clouds or storm clouds. In my painting the horror is the dark clouds and the hope is the light – often cracked, bearing down on the heavy and messy cloud. These clouds play a dramatic role in the canvas in order to understand the power of hope as well the awakening from the threat of horror.
To achieve this emotional value of the cloud movements, I used oil and acrylic colour together and also many layers and textures to achieve three dimensional effects on canvas. The colour palette of the Hope and Horror series is mostly yellow ochre to represent the transition from day to night. Cloud movement remains the subject of my studio practice and I want to continue to develop this series onto further stages.
My current practice focuses on the night sky, cloud formations and spontaneous, gestural mark-making. The spontaneous element is of particular importance to me, prominent in my drawings and hidden underneath shimmering veils of varnish-rich oils in my paintings. I cover a significant amount of my impulsive scribbles and thoughts in this manner. My technique gives the works a sense of hidden depth and youth – as the marks look almost graffiti-like. This, combined with the figurative element, gives the viewer an abstract image of the sky.
My use of colour is instinctive, often impulsive and references my digital and film source material. Using colour I try to capture fleeting feelings and emotions experienced out in the elements at night.