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by George Taylor RBSA

Medium: Mixed Media on Watercolour Board (Mixed Media, primarily acrylic, hard and soft pastel, collaged elements, pencil, use of fixative for fluidity and blades to define form.)

Frame: In deep, lime-washed hardwood frame and wide, deep cut white mount

Size: Prior to framing. 25 x 44 cms


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This painting employs a variety of mixed media techniques to visually describe the spatial dynamics of an incoming coastal storm and the relative insignificance of humans in relation to such powerful natural forces.
I have physically experienced many such coastal storms, especially when researching my 'Flamborough Series' in the very early 'eighties, but a particularly dramatic and thus, memorable instance took place on the North Cornish Coast at Portreath in the 1970s and was essentially the source for this picture.
Given this, it is not difficult to understand why Turner felt he had to lash himself bodily to a ship's mast in order to gain the direct experience necessary to paint 'Snow -Storm, Steam-Boat off a Harbour Mouth'.
In such circumstances, the portrayal of detail is futile, as the experience is all-consuming and overwhelming - only the controlled energy of expressionism will serve the purpose.

Overall size including frame 50.00cms x 68.50cms.
Signed by the artist, usual signature with the year of execution, lower right-hand corner
This piece has been exhibited at: George Taylor and Janice Thwaites, Oxfordshire Artweeks, Studio Exhibition 2017.