76 x 56cmFramed: 130 x 90cm Framed: Yes Watercolour
Sold2021 Best Work on Paper
This is a beautiful painting of light and softening shadows. A study in greys and blacks capturing the last light and lengthening shadows in this magical city of Venice. It depicts the lull in the tourist bustle; the afternoon quiet as waiters have time to reflect and patrons are not rushed to release a highly demanded table.
Strong repetitive shaped arches frame and strengthen the com- position as the exterior light gives way to the internal darkness of the archway and the light of the interior passageway.
The painting contrasts the warm tones of found objects with cool grey tones where the viewer is invited to explore and discover. The transition between the afternoon light and the lengthening shadows is sympathetically handled. This strong diagonal line draws the viewer’s eye from the antiquarian sculptural figures into the shadows to discover contemporary everyday life.
This large painting is a masterfully executed watercolour on a grand scale. With exquisite design and sublime handling of the challenging medium, it captures a moment in time in this ancient city. This is a worthy winner of the Best Work on Paper.