Autumn light – Winchester College playing fields


Original painting or high-quality limited edition (1 of 50) Giclée print.  Acrylics on paper, 30.5 x 23.0 cm

Please note: the frame in the image is a digital mock-up. The actual frame and mount will be very similar.



There was a particularly beautiful light on this Autumn day at one of the entrances to Winchester College playing fields. I liked the contrast between the dark evergreen and the deciduous trees, the swaying shadows in the foreground and the way the flint and brick walls framed the distant tree line.

I view Winchester College and its environs with quite a lot of ambivalence. The college stands for privilege, wealth and power – it owns a great deal of land and property in Winchester. On the other hand, much of the land and many of the buildings are very aesthetically pleasing. My intention here, other than rendering a particular quality of light, was to demonstrate that beauty is somehow transgressive, that beauty exists outside of privilege.


You might like this skyscape at St. Cross, or this view of the nearby water meadows.


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