This past summer, our friend, Teel, visited us at Rosslyn. Her energy and unique perspective made for plenty of indelible memories, but she recently added another visual chapter to her Rosslyn legacy. For Susan’s birthday, she painted and gifted her this potent painting, a brutalist boathouse rendering as captivating as its subject.
Originating in (and most often associated with) architectural design, brutalism is an aesthetic style that exposes — indeed celebrates — the raw ingredients of creation and construction. Materials themselves, unadorned and unembellished, feature prominently in brutalist art, architecture, and design.
I asked Teel if she might offer some insight into her brutalist boathouse painting.
I chose brutalism as the