RCA - Royal Cambrian Academy 138th Summer Show
138th Summer Exhibition including paintings and paperworks at The Royal Cambrian Academy, Conwy, North Wales.
Royal Cambrian Academy Crown Lane, Conwy, Conwy, Wales LL32 8AN Directions to the Gallery
Gold and silver light licks the shape of leaves of the Tree Poppy in the sunlight, shadows become pools of blue light. The early Summer garden becomes a place you could dive deep into.
Named Grotto Azzurra after the Blue Grotto sea cave of Capri - sunlight passes through the water transforming the place, reflecting an incredible azure blue or emerald light. It is said that objects under water famously appear silver because of the dazzling light refraction. In Roman times, Emperor Tiberius used the Grotto as a marine temple and swimming hole - it was decorated with statues of the sea god Neptune and Triton.
130 w x 88 h cm
Oil and pastel on Arches Oil paint paper
The Sea Poppy from last year's Summer still resonates. It proliferates and climbs hostile surfaces of exposed stone, taking hold in the smallest cracks against the elements.
Skies become seas, and the swathes my California Tree Poppy - the tides. My garden's banks become rocky edges of land. My memory of those past days in my favourite coastal places: from Lanzarote to St Ives; and Llanddwyn, on Anglesea - I recall exploring the wild coast lines and discovering this exceptional beauty surviving and flourishing against all odds.
130 w x 90 h cm
Oil, raw pigment and pastel on Arches Oil paint paper