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Footsteps

Yilian Basser

9 June, 2017

Yilian Basser is a traditional oil painter. Realist painting is deceptive. It convinces us that what we see within the canvas is really there. The magic of the artist’s imagination can be obscured by a simplistic belief that the painter merely describes the optical truth. Mimetic art does this and the copying of a photograph devalues those who combine traditional realism with remarkable invention. This interplay of beliefs about art is further complicated when the artist moves the goalposts and asks the viewer to consider reality more broadly. Yilian Basser asks more of the viewer and in her Footsteps diptych paints the Birthing cave with Kunanyi’s summit peopled by those who have gone. In the fog, the lost mountain dwellers re-emerge to scrutinise us. Temporal discontinuity and the combination of the empirical with the remembered and dreamed put us in a broader philosophical context.

Arrivals

Arrivals

Oil on wood panel, 15 x 15 cm

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Departures

Departures

Oil on wood panel, 15 x 15 cm

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Shower in the Forest

Shower in the Forest

Oil on wood panel, 15 x 15 cm

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Shrouded in Light

Shrouded in Light

Oil on wood panel, 15 x 15 cm

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The New Year

The New Year

Oil on wood panel, 15 x 15 cm

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Fade to White

Fade to White

Oil on linen, 36 x 46 cm

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As Above,so Below

As Above,so Below

Oil on wood panel, 50 x 60 cm

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Footsteps

Footsteps

Oil on linen, 76 x 91 cm

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Summit

Summit

Oil on wood panel, 50 x 60 cm

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Sun and Air

Sun and Air

Oil on linen, 76 x 91 cm

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The Magician

The Magician

Oil on wood panel, 50 x 60 cm

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The Dog who Barked at God

The Dog who Barked at God

Oil on linen, 76 x 91 cm - SOLD

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Fertile Rock

Fertile Rock

Oil on canvas, Diptych, 36 x 30 & 36 x 60.5 cm

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The I Way (Way)

The I Way (Way)

Oil on wood panel, 10 x 40 cm

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The Light and the Way

The Light and the Way

Oil on wood panel, 10 x 40 cm

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