Iona Sands
By Colin Black

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Year
2004
Media
Mixed Media and Collage
Subject Matter
Landscape
Reg. Number
G1479
Size
42 x cm

“Iona Sands” is part of a series by Colin Black connected to Iona, celebrating the scenic beauty of the island, its history and its Christian heritage. It is a vividly coloured landscape in which torn strips of painted paper emphasise the shapes of the low lying coastal scene and the rocks in the foreground.

The painting is rectangular, with a height twice as long as its width. The horizon is placed high in the picture, separating a dark blue sky from low green and turquoise hills, with a wide lemon-yellow sea below. The bottom half of the painting depicts the golden sand of the beach. The painted background – the sky, the sea and the sand – is overlaid with a collage of painted strips. In the top half of the painting the hills and the lower water’s edge are solid colours, neatly cut and set horizontally on the background.
In the lower half the colours are mottled – yellow and white on the beach, and a marbled brown on the rocks. The edges are torn and parts of the paper underneath have been exposed. A “found object” – a piece of turquoise rope - may simply be a piece of beach debris, but it also recalls St Columba’s arrival at Iona by sea and thematically links this piece to the others in the series.

Colin Black studied Graphic Design at Chelsea School of Art and the Royal College of Art in London. He worked in London for fourteen years at major design practices before starting his teaching career. He is currently a member of staff at Leith School of Art and exhibits regularly at the Open Eye Gallery in Edinburgh.

This picture has been kindly loaned to Art in Healthcare by the Royal Bank of Scotland Group.

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