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- This Oxford painting was also sold for me (some years ago) by the @wrengallery in Burford ... 'Tom Tower of Christ Church College, from Pembroke Square'And another of my Oxford paintings (from 2014-15) that sold at @claremontart (and again there are prints on my Etsy shop).Here is another of my Oxford paintings from 2012-13 - as I wrote at the time, "I had been searching for a way to paint Magdalen College ever since I arrived in Oxford, but the busy and wide road in front of the main facade didn't make me feel very optimistic I would find a composition that worked for me. I found my view point unexpectedly as I was walking up the main road towards Magdalen Tower one late afternoon in winter. The tall gatepost terminating a run of low walling suddenly presented itself as a counterpoint to the upright of the Tower and a third dark upright in the form of a tree."Looking again at my early Oxford paintings is instilling a sense of nostalgia for early visits. This work, from 2012, was my first impression of Oxford - the first point of entering into the city. I was interested in the concept of bridges transposing one’s perceived experience from the ordinary to the otherworldliness of Oxford. The repetition of urn-like parapet supports leads the viewer to a Narnia-like streetlamp under a veil of bared branches drawn through the sky, with Magdalen Tower only faintly seen in the background, hinting at what is to come.Continuing my theme of the Radcliffe 'in the round', here it is tucked away behind the Bodleian. My diary at the time (2013) records my focus on the formal components ...
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These two ink drawing studies are part of my ‘Between Times‘ exhibition at Gallery 6. Both were made during lockdown in April at our farm, against the backdrop of the old Crew Yard that abuts our 18th century threshing barn. … Continue reading
This piece was selected to be part of the Harley Open 2020 exhibition, which runs from 1 Aug to 1 Nov, 2020. It was amongst the first paintings I made during the Coronovirus lockdown days at the end of March … Continue reading