Raymond describes his intentions: ‘My aim is to create atmosphere and distil memories and ideas of place, with a strong emphasis on design, colour, ambiguous shapes, and spaces’.
Raymond's semi-abstract still life of Flowers in a Blue Jug is a joyous (controlled) riot of jewel-like colours that fills the canvas with vibrance. In the background there is, perhaps, a view of the outside world – sun and sea – important in that it creates a brilliant foil for the subject. Fruit glistens in a bowl on a patterned table that lightly breaks the frame of the painting, while a vase of flowers, presumably roses and spider chrysanthemums, are painted in more realistic detail, the petals like urchins in a sea of colour.
Inspired by his visits to Italy, as well as France, Spain and the British landscape, Raymond’s paintings respond to his immediate environment, encompassing interiors, still life and landscape. Born in Hamsworth, Yorkshire he studied at Wakefield College of Art. During a long career as a painter, he has shown widely, such prestigious exhibitions as the Royal Academy, New English Art Club, Royal Watercolour Society and Royal Institute of Oil Painters to name a few. He now has work in many private and corporate collections here and abroad.
Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:40cm, W:35cm, Frame: H:60cm, W:55cm, D:5cm
Acrylic on canvas
Framed, cream painted moulded main frame with gilded inner border and stained wood outer edges, unglazed
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