The Crags (Radical Road) III

45 x 85cm
The Crags (Radical Road) III

Acrylic on paper

The artist gives us this insight into the development of his relationship with the landscape genre:

‘Fifteen years ago I travelled to China to take part in a Li River expedition with a group of Chinese artists and poets. It was a rare privilege to spend a couple of weeks concentrating on drawing what was literally in front of me…the spectacular karst mountains that towered above the river. Exchanging ideas with my Chinese colleagues was also beneficial…their ‘landscape tradition’ goes back much further than ours. In Beijing and Xi’an I was able to see examples of painted landscapes from the 11th century and earlier. The entire trip provided further impetus for a more extended period of landscape study.

‘….Sooner or later the main genres of western painting – still life, the nude, landscape all present distinct challenges that need to be addressed.’  – Alexander Moffat

See Alexander (Sandy) Moffat speaking about the Radical Road on a new film, released in celebration of the artist’s 80th birthday this year (2023). Click here to view.

From a series of 10 studies of this volcanic spur overlooking Edinburgh, visible from the artist’s studio, painted between 2016-19.