Casey Inch has an obvious interest in traditional romantic landscape painting with hints of Bierstadt, Friedrich and a direct reference to Frederic Edwin Church. Recently he has been using this romatic approach to depict scenes of catastrophe and devastation, something the romantics themselves were not unknown to do. But there is something peculiarly modern about these as well, tying in somehow with our contemporary apocalyptic obsessions. It's a striking and successful approach bringing a life and energy to his work that is not as apparent in his earlier more benign landscapes. This represents most of his large work on this theme from his website, but there are also some fairly stunning miniature paintings (3" x 4"), his earlier work, and a few nice graphite drawings. I look forward to seeing what he does next.
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"Cotopaxi" 2008 oil on linen 48" x 85"
Here is the painting by Church that he is referencing and a short article from which this image was taken...
Frederic Edwin Church, 1826-1900), Cotopaxi, 1862. Oil on canvas, 48 x 85 inches. Photograph © The Detroit Institute of Arts.
"Crash #1" 2009 oil on linen 14" x 18"
"Crash #2" 2009 oil on linen 24" x 36"
"Storm" 2009 oil on linen 50" x 72"
Casey Inch's painting "Cotopaxi" was featured in the spring issue of Studio Visit magazine which is how I became aware of his work.