Discovering the Sublime: Freya Grand at NMWA

Now open at NMWA, Freya Grand: Minding the Landscape features the artist’s work painting and drawing remote, uninhabited landscapes. As she describes her work process, seeking out new and inspirational landscapes, “I have never gotten to a remote place and thought, ‘There’s nothing for me here’; there is always something…I would go to mountains and the sea anywhere.”

Tungurahua, 2011; Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in.; Image courtesy of the artist

Tungurahua, 2011; Oil on canvas, 48 x 60 in.; Image courtesy of the artist


Grand works in varied formats and sizes: the exhibition includes graphite-on-paper drawings as well as small “block” paintings on panel, and large oil paintings on canvas.


A catalogue published in conjunction with the exhibition contains full-color images of the artist’s work, a statement by Grand, and an essay by NMWA Chief Curator Kathryn A. Wat. As Wat says, “In Grand’s finished paintings and drawings, waves crash against rocks, clouds rake across mountains, and gnarled trees twist their way toward the sky. In this respect, she is akin to the European painters and poets of the Romantic era who were thrilled to contemplate the ‘sublimity’ of the natural world and humankind’s powerlessness against its forces.”

IMG_0204Minding the Landscape is on view through May 5, 2013, and the 96-page, softcover catalogue is now on sale in the Museum Shop.

Plan on coming to NMWA on March 8, International Women’s Day, for an artist talk with Grand, and make sure you don’t miss this exhibition!