Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

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Good Fences Make Good Neighbours

4,600.00

2016-19, oil on canvas, 59 x 67 x 2 in / 50 x 40 in / 127 x 101.5 cm

In making this aerial landscape painting, new lines of discovery were revealed; borders and boundaries between fields, reservoirs, forgotten spaces and ancient stone structures — all marking territories and land that humans have claimed over time.

Influenced by the large abstract paintings of Richard Diebenkorn, which I absorbed while living in California and the wild landscapes of West Cornwall where I now live, this painting is also rooted in today's political landscape - a time in which walls have been, or will be, built to keep us separate: Israelis from Palestinians, Americans from Mexicans - and soon, it would seem, Britons from Europeans.

The title of this painting is taken from the poem Mending Wall by Robert Frost. Its commentary on the follies of human nature and the doomed nature of segregation and our persistence in doing it anyway, has stayed with me since discovering the poem at age 13. For more on this, read more in my blog post

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