|Pompeiin Still-life 92x122cm|
My most recently painted ‘Pompeiian Still life’; named after perusing Mary Beard’s book on ancient Rome, with its inclusion of 3 small but stunning images of wall paintings from Pompeii: has recently set me on a crazy spree of cadmium- red- saturated- compositions.
In my youth I fell in love with those Pompeiian red wall frescoes that decked the walls of those men and women that inhabited that fateful Roman town. Fuelled, and kept alive and kicking by looking and studying modernist paintings such as Matthew Smith’s Nude, Fitzroy Street No1, 1916 and Matisse’s Red Studio 1911
|Mattisse Red Sudio|
|Matthew Smith Nude|
Over the years many of my paintings have fallen into this bracket of using Cadmium Reds to the point of no-return, hence no excuses for my latest one.