Raymond Oliver: Flowers on a Caprese Terrace

Raymond Oliver: Flowers on a Caprese Terrace


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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’.

This beautifully composed, gently atmospheric still life, Flowers on a Caprese Terrace, is wonderfully evocative of the place in which it was painted – Tuscany. Using multiple shades of terracotta (the colour is the very clay of the region), Raymond has built up a scene in which a simple jug of flowers, possibly roses, takes centre stage. The elegant serpentine lines of the handle of the jug and the arching flower stems are echoed pleasingly in the abstracted definition of the lemons on the table. Ultimately, this is a two-dimensional taste of Italy. 

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.
More of this talented artist's works are on display in our lovely Burford Art Gallery.

Dimensions (approximate): Image: H:46cm, W:38cm, Frame: H:70cm, W:62cm, D:3cm

Acrylic on canvas

Framed, gilded moulded frame with inner cream double mount, glazed

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