Hi their my name is Mark Johansen and this
is one of my paintings. This painting is called Landscape lé blanc,
it’s one of a number of paintings which are exploring this simple natural line. This
line that bisects the canvas, dividing it into two portions, I became fascinated with
that line, You know. A single line, how can that be beautiful? and yet it has a natural
elegance, a natural beauty and our eye is constantly drawn to such a thing.
I suppose that’s because of the horizon, we look at a landscape and we see an horizon,
which is an unbroken line that extends, sometimes it goes up and down and there’s things in
the way but basically if you stand back far enough you’ve got nothing but this simple
elegant natural line and that i suppose is what the fascination is, that is what draws
peoples eye, that is why this painting is popular with people who come into my studio.
People don’t always notice it strait away but when they do their’s a, Wow, isn’t that
a beautiful painting and it is, it is such a natural elegant painting.
I really enjoy having this painting, that’s why its on the wall in my studio, it’s right
their, over where I work and my eye is constantly drawn up to it. I feel very comfortable, it’s
very peaceful, it’s very serene, it allows me to get into my space but that natural simple
beautiful line, thats something that anyone can love.