Oil on canvas
150 x 100 x 4 cm
I visited India for the first time in 2017, it is somewhere I had always wanted to see and I quickly fell in love with the people and the incredible landscape. For a few months afterwards I digested all that I had seen, holding back painting as I wanted to really take in how I felt.
Garuda Lagoon came to me after making a couple of smaller paintings in the same palette and I decided I just had to go big. The memory of a wonderful trip in the backwaters of Kerala inspired the painting and I wanted to express the dreamlike quality of such a sublime place as the Indian jungle, so I decided to convey this by using unrealistic colours. I felt, at the moment I saw the man punting his country boat across a lagoon, like I was looking into paradise. I hope the sense of looking through the water hyacinths and grasses into a scene of magical stillness is captured in this painting.
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Painted in oil on canvas with a textured underpainting. The painting took 3 months to complete and I have finished the deep edges with paynes grey and have strung the canvas so it is ready to hang.
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