Oil on canvas
30.0 x 30.0" / 76 x 76cm SOLD
FOR THE FISHERTON MILL SHOW, BRIAN PRESENTED A COMBINATION OF LANDSCAPE WORK (TREES IN DYNAMIC SPACE), COLOUR STUDIES AND THE FIRST OF THE PANELS SERIES THAT HAD BEEN BASED ON SEEING RED HYDRANT COVER PANELS ON THE SIDES OF HOUSES IN HILLTOP TOWNS IN TUSCANY.
“I had become somewhat obsessed while photographing these fire hydrant panels, loving the idea that they existed to help in the prevention of a disaster (due to general conflagration etc.) as well as being drawn by their form, colour and condition. Having been exposed to the elements for so long, the metal panel-fronts with their casings had started to rust, their paint peeled or abraded, and their patinas faded to express something about the passing of time. I had appropriated these forms (and an idea extracted from them) as a device for paintings, and it was at this point I coined the term ‘Noble Decay’ to describe something about the way surfaces could appear more beautiful in a decrepit state that they would have done brand new.”
EXHIBITION DATES: 1st MAY – 29th MAY 2010
GALLERY: FISHERTONMILL.CO.UK (show 14 paintings sold out)