A drawing by L S Lowry, Man in bowler hat, hangs next to Glasgow Docks (a classic Lowry painting) in an alcove of an Ing Bank meeting room. In my painting, The Boat, I wanted to create a similar juxtaposition. It was inspired by Lowry’s general style of painting and drawing, and by the particular sense of isolation and emptiness of Man in bowler hat and simplicity of Glasgow Docks.
My paintings are composed of differently coloured dots added at separate stages, using acrylic paint and perforated mesh, in order to produce a simplistic, pixelated, mechanical representation of an original image. They lack gesture or sleight of hand. The same could be said of Lowry’s work.
The Boat image is copied from a photograph of a small boat taken in passing from the top deck of a channel ferry. The raised viewpoint on a passing scene is reminiscent of Lowry’s paintings. The Boat painting shows an isolated boat, its location unidentified by land or sea, its figures defined only by a few dots of colour, and the viewer looks down on the toy-like scene. Putting The Boat with Man in a bowler hat unites and accentuates two extremes: the pressures of city life and the relaxation of a sea cruise.
'The Boat' - 2006 - Acrylic Paint and perforated mesh - re:INVENTING exhibition 22nd May – 28th July 2006. A collaboration between ING Wholesale Banking, National Marinetime Museum Greenwich and Wimbledon School of Art. The Exhibition will show artists response to the ING and NMM collections.