This painting is at the White Moose Gallery in Barnstaple from Thursday (4th) in a North Devon Arts group show.
A surprising example (for me at least) of an early stage in a painting which I decided to leave midstream under the theory that ‘less is more’ (advice I usually find hard to follow). It is therefore mainly monochrome and ‘raw’. Loving black & white photography, I felt it worked all right and liked the totemic monumental thrust. Consequently it was submitted to The Royal Academy (for their ‘Raw’ summer show show a few years ago); needless to say rejected in preference to work much of which seemed to me to be trite, arch and not in the least raw. Others twisted ‘raw’ to ‘roar’ and ‘war’ for example – literary games that left me cold.
I liked the work so much that it has a splendid expensive frame and is consequently quite heavy.