THE GULF AT NIGHT (/40) - Limited Edition PrintRegular price €55,00
From A Distance Limited Edition Prints
In spite of my horror at the sight of the BP oil spill in the Gulf of Mexico, I was bewitched by the beautiful aerial imagery being circulated in the news. While working on this painting, I had in mind Daniel Beltrá’s aerial photographs of the gulf being cleaned at night. The ocean was lit like a pool which made the orange and red marbling all the more spectacular. These photographs offered a more detached and humbling perspective of our world and of the heartbreaking dramas unfurling hundreds of feet below.
- Measurements: 42 cm x 42 cm
- Printed on high-quality Decor Smooth Art 210gsm
- Available framed and unframed
- Available colours of the frames: White or Black
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About the Collection
Like many millennials, the existential threats of global warming and environmental destruction are issues I worry about and reflect on regularly. The idea for this series came about upon discovering the work of Daniel Beltrá including his iconic photographs of the Deepwater Horizon oil spill. In the same year, I had also discovered the gloss paintings of Australian abstract artist Dale Frank. He would often speak of his work as scientific experiments in which he established ‘’at least twelve responses and reactions that I have been able to observe and replicate on-demand’’.
While experimenting with industrial paints I observed similar entropic qualities to those Frank spoke of. The use of industrial oil paints throughout the works acts as an allegorical reference to the industrial scars caused by mankind's interference with nature, thus embodying a microcosm of the subject matter that inspired the series.
I wanted to create works that not only represented the human impact on the environment but were in themselves a document of the physical and material forces which influence the world around us. Playing with oil enamel paints and their low viscosity allowed me to mimic the biomorphic patterns of our oceans and lands as they form and un-form, dissolve, harden, wrinkle and crack.