Colin is drawn to the sea and Dawn’s Promise reveals this compulsion. Looking at this painting it is impossible to not remember Turner’s late works, but Colin paints in his own, very personal, contemporary style. The sun is majestically rising out of the sea, burning off a wall of deep brown, early morning clouds to reveal the blue-sky promise of the day. The impact is elemental, but at the same time this large, powerful oil painting encourages hope and optimism.
Colin’s fascination with the sea is a thread running through many of his works, as here, and he explains this simply:
‘One of my first and most abiding, magical memories as a young boy is of seeing the sea for the first time as we drove over the brow of a hill on a day trip to the Sussex coast. The first sight of the vast sea was pure delight, and the sea has enchanted me ever since.’
After training at the Reigate School of Art and Design in Surrey, Colin spent forty or so years as a book and magazine illustrator. Later he studied English and History at the University of Oxford’s Kellogg College (Department of Continuing Education). He now devotes his time to painting and his works are in collections spread right across the world, from Europe, through the US to Australia and Japan.
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:76cm, W:76cm
Oil on canvas
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