Crescent Sun (Cayambe)
In this surreal landscape painting, a crescent moon appears at sunset above a tropical lake that surrounds a white snowcapped mountain. The image's perspective seems to mysteriously inhabit the water's surface as the figures repeat in waves across the picture plane. Addressing the function of painting in an era of digital art, the artist's works dispense with any sense of perspective—while fusing kitsch with romanticism and abstraction. His labyrinthine compositions exist as a suspension of landscape effects inside an illusionary space.
In his paintings, Neil Raitt continues to reference gestures adopted from Bob Ross’ television program The Joy of Painting. In this work, Raitt pushes beyond these references to lead viewers toward an otherworldly place.
Neil Raitt’s intricate paintings dispense with a traditional sense of perspective, leading viewers on a search through the atmospheric effects of landscape and the illusion of space. His labyrinthine compositions address notions of kitsch, romanticism and abstraction, as well as the role of painting in the digital age. Frequently employing gestures from Bob Ross’ The Joy of Painting, Raitt’s mature work pushes beyond these references to depict surreal vistas.