Tristram Lansdowne was born in 1983 in Victoria, British Columbia, Canada. He studied visual arts at the University of Victoria and in Toronto at the Ontario College of Art & Design, where he received a Bachelor of Fine Arts in painting in 2007. Currently he lives and works in Toronto. (bio)
About the Work
Tristram Lansdowne’s paintings focus on ideas of permanence and function inherent in our constructed environments. An idealistic view of the past exemplified by the 19th century Romantic ruin is juxtaposed with the emotional vacancy of the contemporary urban landscape, presenting a pessimistic view of human progress rooted in the realization that a brighter future is increasingly difficult to imagine. Outmoded architectural ideas mix with discarded pieces of the landscape in delicately painted watercolours, depicting incongruous, mysterious structures. Employing an aesthetic reminiscent of natural history illustration, these structures are presented as specimens, carefully preserved on the white of the paper.