Five Elements – Air


Original painting or high-quality limited edition (1 of 50) Giclée print. Acrylics on paper, 29.5 x 21.0 cm

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



Here’s a rather surreal study of the archaic element ‘Air’. I was asked to paint five abstracts to go with the YouTube videos of a new work by the composer Peter White. It was a difficult task: I’m not at all comfortable with the term ‘abstract’ because, for far too long, art has ‘abstracted’ itself, removing itself from the world. In the end, I compromised between the representational and the abstract.

Peter White wrote to me to explain his composition. He wanted to ‘catch the effects one sees associated with air rather than a deeper more profound sense of what air actually might be! A breath of wind catching a petal, the light refracting in an ice crystal, your breath on a cold morning etc.’ I’m afraid I rather parted company from his idea! To begin with, I painted something that looked too much like a Christmas card (in fact I plan to use it as exactly that!) and had to come up quickly with something new. This started as one thing and ended up as another – an entirely pleasing process. I like the heavy concrete look of the balloons, it’s slightly surreal.

You may also like these other representations of the elements: earth, water, fire and quintessence.


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