Gogmagog sleeps. Acrylics, oils and pencil on prepared paper. 91 x 72cm.
I’ve had some free time for 15 minutes on Saturday mornings to look out from a disused bridge in Muswell Hill onto London. It’s an amazing view with landmarks strewn thinly on the horizon, huge clouds scudding by. I had a nude painting on a dark grey ground which looked like a sleeping giant due to the perspective, a bit like Gulliver asleep in the land of the Lilliputians. After studying Paolo Uccello’s The Battle of San Ramano in the National gallery, it suddenly came to me that the nude and the cityscape could be married. There is a legend of a giant that guards London. As he sleeps, buildings are built around him. At one point he was going to have park railings surrounding him. It’s ended up in a an arresting image. Not sure what it means.
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An excellent interpretation from a “classic” life drawing pose! 😀
Many thanks! Very happy you liked it. Figure as landscape. Literally.