M.W. Mantle and the Art of the Tiny Horizon

Mandrake Waltham Mantle is a complex and chewy pseudonym.

By contrast, Mantle’s landscapes are objects of refreshing simplicity. Each oil painting on board resembles in scale and dimensions an old-school, self-developing photo–the ones you waved back and forth to make the image appear faster. You know what I am talking about. I am not naming any brands.

You can hold Mantle’s miniatures in your hand. Doing so contrasts with the subject matter of the landscapes, which is the expansiveness of the horizon. Each piece is composed mostly of sky, with a mere strip of Earth at the bottom: mountains, hills, or prairie rendered as tall as a tongue depressor is wide.

As a collection, the paintings call to mind freedom of mind and motion—as though they had been spontaneously taken on a road trip across the middle states to Colorado. (Anyone who has earned their mountain views by driving across Missouri and Kansas knows the importance of appreciating the sky.) Such a unique and articulate concept is rare in art. It seems effortless in a way that can only be called hip.

I am inclined to put them all in my pocket. But they are for you. We are hanging them today—come get a closer look. -Shea


1 Response to “M.W. Mantle and the Art of the Tiny Horizon”

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