MASTERPIECE LONDON 2022
Jun 30 – Jul 6, 2022
JOHN MEYER | PLANET EARTH | 2022
Internationally acclaimed artist, John Meyer, has spent his life observing and celebrating the landscapes, skies and seas of this world through his work. In his travels, he has witnessed the insidious and seemingly inexorable alterations to nature caused by human activity. Meyer felt helpless yet outraged. He spent two years utterly immersed in creating a body of work that he hopes will be a monument to the intoxicating grandeur of places and habitats that will diminish and finally die if we humans continue with business as usual.
Meyer's collection of 18 new paintings, each measuring 1.6 x 2.3m, are a poignant love letter to planet earth, one which Meyer has been writing in increments for more than half a century, and which has culminated in these soaring vistas that capture the magnitude and wonder of the natural world as well as the built environment. Meyer’s paintings illuminate the majesty and ephemeral beauty of Antarctica and the Amazon, the Maasai Mara Plains, Patagonia and the Norwegian fjords, presenting his - and perhaps our - memory of landscape, and how it feels, or might feel, to be in these places.
Meyer’s love of paint is at the heart of his enduring prominence as an artist. The magical properties of paint and his ability to conjure nuances with it - the way the light falls on a landscape, illuminating and spotlighting our mysterious world - is at the heart of his preoccupation with painting. This has haunted, inspired and propelled him as an artist for five decades.
PLANET EARTH is John Meyer’s offering: an attempt both to record his awe in the face of the sublime as well as offer up a bright red flag about its future.