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Oil on Wood Panel, 30x20", 2022, £1100
That moment before a storm when everything is eerily still and quiet and the sky darkens and rolls overhead, threateningly. There's pent up energy brewing. Tempestarii is a reference to those who were thought to create storms. By their doing, it looks as if lightning is being drawn up from the land itself in preparation. Inspired by the North York Moors landscape, it is unclear whether this is the present or the distant past.
Although showing literal agitation of the sky and the land, it is also generally expressing the coming of a storm... something impending, dark and foreboding. I like to create some layers of meaning and leave them for the viewer to peel back and interpret.
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