By Craig Blair

Oil Painting
Subject Matter
Abstract - Sea and Boats
Reg. Number
84 x 72 cm

This bright, vibrant piece portrays a collection of underwater rocks, using oils to give the scene a warm intensity. The rocks are of a similar oval shape and smooth texture. The rocks are united by the use of a limited palette of blues and yellows, which creates a tonal contrast between the light of the yellows and the shadows created by the blues. There are touches of brown in the crevices between the rocks, which serve to emphasise the distinction between them. The background suggests a sea bed, formed from the deep royal blue of the upper half and the golden yellow of the lower half.

The piece was produced using oil paint on board: the artist has used strong brush strokes to outline the major details which contrast with the fine, thread-like strokes to pick out details between elements. Blair's work is influenced by the West Coast of Scotland: this piece evokes his trademark sense of tranquility and shows his inspiration from the interplay of water and natural light. Like many of his pieces it uses natural sources to recreate the textural qualities of the natural environment.

Craig Blair was born in 1975 in Argyll and graduated from Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee with a BA (Hons) in Printmaking. He has exhibited at Compass Gallery in Glasgow and has had solo show at Kyle-side Gallery, Tighnabruaich. He has also been an occupational therapy volunteer at Strathmartine Hospital, Dundee and also worked with Paintings in Hospital Scotland at Yorkhill Children's Hospital.

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