Artist Toni Silber-Delerive’s birds eye view landscapes are visually compelling. To see more of her acrylic paintings, visit her website.
In a previous life I must have been a bird.
Viewed from elevated positions, my aerial paintings interpret the world we live in, revealing a narrative while retaining the character of the location. I use a modern perspective to develop a graphic visual vocabulary which is more abstract than representational.
My broad range of subjects chronicles architecture as well as the earth’s natural landscape. Some of the locations are specific, like “Dusseldorf, Germany”, or have the feeling of their community, like “South Africa Suburb”. I strive to compel viewers to see the world from a different perspective.
I explore the idea that, contrary to our professed individualism, we too often copy one another; creativity is lost to conformity. I deliberately choose turquoise for the pools to contrast against the houses. The choice of color reflects the mood for my work.
I want my work to reflect on the world we live in. An aerial glimpse of a thriving motorway comments on the infrastructure explosion resulting from the oil boom.
I start with the narrative, then proceed to sketch my idea from one my own photographs or stock material. The next step is to block out the shapes, patterns and color working with Photoshop to further refine composition and color. Finally, it is time to work at the easel.
Two diverse, yet related, painters are my major influences. The first is Wayne Thiebaud for his greatly exaggerated perspective emphasizing verticality of compositions. I am also influenced by the exemplary distinctive hard-edge abstractions of Richard Diebenkorn.
I am now learning to conquer a new medium for me — silk screening. They are my paintings’ close cousins, only in a smaller format. Projecting my interpretation of the same concept and approach, they are executed in a variety of serigraphy methods from digital design to hand drawing.
I studied painting at the Philadelphia College of Art. Featured in private and corporate collections, my work has earned over fifty awards.
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