As the name – Gusting South Westerly – implies, this abstract seascape has thrown us into the teeth of a storm. South westerly winds traditionally come from the tropics full of heat, and gradually cool, sometimes dramatically, as they move north across cold sea. Colin has depicted fathomless depths of churning water, implying the violence and force of the waves and weather. Using texture as well as colour he has overpainted the water with white foam, describing it being blown up into the gusty sky thick with tempest. The result is both powerful and compelling.
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:61cm, W:51cm
Oil on canvas
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