Daniel Sprick’s Hiraeth

This story came up because of a strange synchronicity between a Facebook meme and looking at paintings. The Facebook meme simply explained the meaning of the Welsh word “hiraeth,” which is a deep feeling of longing for home, like nostalgia or yearning.

I have recently become fascinated by Daniel Sprick’s work – his paintings are extraordinarily layered and reward close scrutiny. Look at this beautiful piece of work. A simple landscape? Not under Daniel’s eyes. It’s a complete invention, and look at the brilliant and impossible light! I think he’s one of the great painters of our time. But what really caught my imagination was the idea that these gorgeous paintings are perfect expressions of hiraeth.

Daniel Sprick, Fantasy Landscape, oil paint on wood panel, 24 x 36

I’m always keen to build my collection of art books. Daniel has a few books on Amazon which are worth having.

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Michael Pearce is an artist, writer, and professor of art. He is the author of "Art in the Age of Emergence."
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