About This Work...
Letia Richardson’s powerful description captures the sense of Weston’s ability to interpret the landscape. Richardson curated the Richmond Art Gallery’s exhibit Silence and Solitude, the Art of W.P. Weston in 1993. Her words also offer some insight as to how critics and galleries are increasingly valuing the beauty of his work.
"Weston painted single mountains and ranges creating an ephemeral yet solitary, silent and unpeopled world... he dangled the spectator over an abyss giving no place to stand in the foreground. All attention focussed on rugged deeply fissured slopes covered in snow. The masses and sculptured forms of clouds and rock denied any human element. The cool palette reinforced the alien power of nature.
"Weston recollected how more than one viewer was fascinated with his work but at the same time ‘scared stiff of it.’ Weston’s strength was his ability to create an attractive beautiful environment and a scene of omnipotence and fear." (38)