Eastleigh, United Kingdom
61.000 x 61.000 x 2.000 cm.
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Mark Howard Jones
Painting - Acrylic On Hessian
Based on a cross section of the auditorium at Tarragona, Spain. The colour scheme for this painting is derived from studying stones, rusting metal, weathered painted wood, the evening sunlight raking across a building counterbalanced by the onset of moonlight.
I was brought up in Chester, a Roman city with its own amphitheatre, and as a consquence of being surrounded by relics of ancient history I have a fascination for Roman and Greek architecture. I love to visit and record the variations on arena and amphitheatre dotted around the Mediterranean.
I made this painting by stretching garden mesh over a wood frame and then coating it with a thick paper pulp. I deliberately left some of the mesh showing to evoke the sense that this is like a fragment of a fresco. The iridescent acrylic paint has been applied in dabs to simulate mosaic and the surface is very tactile. I enjoyed drawing the receding and curving rows of seats where the spectators would sit, the passageways and entrances and the box where Roman dignatories witnessed the games. I wanted to record the play of light and colour across the curved walls in a formal and stylised way, the receding sun catching the walls and the onset of moonlight falling on the tops of the walls and seats.
This painting comes with a Certificate of Authenticity and a written explanation and can be bought as a commemorative gift, or to celebrate an event. The painting is on a square panel and has its sides painted so it is ready to hang without a frame, and can be displayed anywhere: Foyers, restaurants, galleries, shops, workshops, sports venues or in the living room.
August 21st, 2012
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