Inspired by my painting ‘Nemesis’ which sold last year at the Royal Academy
Summer Exhibition I have been revisiting the theme of summer beaches. I have now finished a further 4 paintings in the beach Life series which are awaiting finishing with cold wax.
3 of the four are 30 x 30 cm acrylic on wooden boards the other started out as a throw away board but is now one of my favourites so is an odd size at around 41 x 60cm. I will eventually get round to putting these into the ‘available work’ section but if you are interested just drop me an email or DM me on Instagram
My inspiration: The organic shapes and muted colours of the rocks surrounding the bay have such a textural feel – both a solid and yet fragile.
In complete contrast during summer when the beach is frequented by families you get these eye popping colours from man made materials. Wind breakers (a must on the North East coastline); beach towels, cool boxes and of course buckets and spades. It feels like such an odd juxtaposition yet makes complete sense as the two elements co-exist perfectly.
I want to convey the feeling of the beach and combine the bright, dynamic colours as well as some softer pastels, like ice cream with soothing biomorphic shapes. Quiet dotted tracks which you only see close up, symbolise the trails of footprints you get in the fresh sand after the beach has been cleaned.