Monday, 16 November 2009

Ground by Luke Elwes

57 x 76 cm
mixed media on paper

I saw this painting the other day. It is a picture of tidal marshland in the Blackwater estuary, near Maldon, site of that blasted battle all English university students had to read about in the original Anglo-Saxon. I liked it at once. I'm partial to works that play between the abstract and the figurative (Ivon Hitchens is my favourite). I learned furthermore that the co-author of the painting was the very sea itself. Luke allows the tide to do its work with his paper. He also uses mud, wax, watercolours. There is the sense both of super-realism as well as flat abstraction. Lots to look at inside it. Something too of Monet's late lilies.

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