Current Location:
Daniel and Pamella DeVos Center for Interprofessional Health -> 1st Floor (DCIH)
Location Notes:
DCIH; 1st Floor; Right of Room 102

Night Sea

Sheryl Budnik
GVSU Collection
Oil on Canvas
Artworks - Height: 38 in Width: 120 in
Note: Diptych- this dimension is for both pieces together. Individually they are each 60" wide.
Historical Context:
The term lumen naturea, or the light within the darkness of nature, refers to a Middle Age idea that knowledge springs from the Light of Nature, a light that illuminates the consciousness and allows inspiration and intuition to arise from the human subconscious. This is the core concept of local Grand Rapids artist Sheryl Budnik’s process and what she strives to capture in her paintings. Budnik spends time in nature, quietly looking, listening in all kinds of weather, day and night, then returns to her studio to paint. She paints alla prima, or all in one go, covering the entire canvas. Regarding her images she claims that they are not just paintings easily defined as landscape or seascape, but rather “paintings so powerfully about nature that an open spirit responds with human emotion and an intuitive understanding of the immensity and power of nature itself.” In 2018, this painting traveled the long journey over the North Atlantic Ocean to be featured at US Ambassador to the Netherlands, Pete Hoekstra’s residence in The Hague of the Netherlands.