Works From 2008

 

Dawn: On Elizabeth Romhild's recent works

 

In Dawn, Elizabeth has awoken to a new artistic era in her already prestigious career. 

Previously Elizabeth's art exuded an amalgam of Western and Eastern artistic traditions, through flowing compositions that reinterpreted and blurred modern European art genres with Oriental mystique. Evoking worldly Post-Impressionist painters like Gaugin and Matisse, as well as the deep hues and rich mosaics of Islamic art, Elizabeth's earlier works detailed the flamboyant dalliances of society's elite.

Bursting with tongue in cheek innuendo and subtle allegory, her paintings paid exquisite attention to detail through a poetically lyrical blend of classicism and modernism, operatic costuming and theatrical staging.

Always searching for fresh artistic directions, Elizabeth recently embarked upon an investigative journey into to the expansive wild savannahs of Africa. During her explorations, she was profoundly affected by the primordial majesty of both the bestial inhabitants and the nomadic tribe's folk.

Returning to her Bangkok studio, Elizabeth's African adventure pushed her to re-examine the process and technical methodology of her previous creative output. The result has been a remarkable transformation and a new level of maturity for the artist.

Darker, raw, and more introspective, these latest Africa aligned compositions are more expressive in nature. Imbuing loose, fluid brushwork, her coarser application exudes a primitive atmosphere while also displaying a very contemporary countenance.      

Employing a more muted and restrained palette, Elizabeth's subjects, whether human or animal, share the same emotional earnestness. Gone are the elaborately staged narratives of earlier artworks, instead her focus is tuned upon the power of the individual, be it human or creature. With Africa considered the cradle of civilisation, Elizabeth treats her characters with humility, exacting an archaic sense of their proud lineage.

Invoking ancient civilisations closer to her adopted Asia, several of Elizabeth's latest artworks imbue the historic monumentality of the towering Buddha statues of Thailand's lost kingdoms or the carved stone busts in Cambodia's ruined palaces. Intimate and penetrative in their singular proximity, the timeless, totemic quality of the solitary tribesmen in Trance, Warrior, and Enigma, are akin to the introspective, majestic sandstone portraits of Ankor Wat's 12th century ruler King Jayavarman VII. 

Perhaps it's the sculptural quality of her most recent paintings that have driven Elizabeth to expand her artistic sensibility and create her first three-dimensional works. Further enhancing the sense of physicality and earthiness of her African imagery, her haunting sculptural manifestations of bestial skulls and horns remind viewers of the harsh cyclical nature of survival and to our own fragile mortality.   

 

Steven Pettifor

Independent critic and curator

Author of Flavours - Thai Contemporary Art

 

 

     Dawn I
     85 x 155 + 70 cm
     oil on canvas


                   Dawn II
                   80 x 80 + 80 cm
                   oil on canvas


            Dawn III
            95 x 70_+ 70 + 70 cm
            oil on canvas


               Dawn IV
               85 x 120 + 70 cm
               oil on canvas



Alert
130 x 150 cm
oil on canvas

Gaze
110 x 120 cm
oil on canvas



Beast
190 x 200 cm
oil on canvas

Guard
190 x 200 cm
oil on canvas



Pensive
120 cm diam
oil on wood

Enigma I
120 cm diam
oil on wood



Enigma II
44 x 51 cm
oil on wood

Abundant
51 x 31 cm
oil on wood



Fire Dance I
70 x 95 cm
oil on canvas

Fire Dance II
70 x 95 cm
oil on canvas



Love Bite
190 x 200 cm
oil on canvas

Freedom
70 x 85 cm
oil on canvas



Herder's Fantasy
80 x 100 cm
oil on canvas

Kikuyo
85 x 120 cm
oil on canvas

Wonder
123 x 44 cm
oil on wood

Transformation
140 x 170 cm
oil on canvas



Fertility
140 x 70 cm
oil on canvas

Savannah Lust
145 x 70 cm
oil on canvas



Warrior II
100 x 120 cm
oil on canvas

Vigilant
85 x 120 cm
oil on canvas



Warrior I
140 x 195 cm
oil on canvas

Trance
130 x 150 cm
oil on canvas



Last Gaze II
80x80cm
Oil on canvas

 

Last Gaze I
80x100cm
Oil on canvas




Circle of Life
80x 100 cm
oil on canvas


 

 

 

Reflections I
50 x 35 cm
Lithograph

 

 

Reflections II
50 x 35 cm
Lithograph

 

Reflections III
50 x 35 cm
Lithograph

Reflections IV
50 x 35 cm
Lithograph