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.
Here’s my MutualArt story about his work and his hiraeth.
I’m always keen to build my collection of art books. Daniel has a few books on Amazon which are worth having.