The Other Wild Beast

15 Sep

This painting is a copy of “Charing Cross Bridge” by the French artist Andre Derain, who was most famous for being one of Les Fauves – Wild Beasts – a group of painters who developed this style in the first decade of the 20th century. As well as Derain, the group included most famously Henri Matisse and the two are generally recognised as the leaders of Les Fauves. This is one of 30 paintings that Derain did as a young man when he lived in London around 1906 and is full of joyous colour and dynamic brushstrokes, in marked contrast to his later art, after World War One, which is sober and classical.

I loved painting this. Apart from the juicy colours, the composition reminds me of photographs from around this time. They’d have been in black and white, of course, but the wider angle shots also have that strange distorted perspective that you can see here, especially in the moving vehicles. It fascinates me that both photography and cars were reasonably new things, this is the start of our modern world, saturated in unrealistic colours and warped by new technology. I’ve painted this with Liquitex Heavy Body acrylic paints onto stretched canvas and I’m offering it for sale to raise money for LATCH: The Children’s Cancer Charity. To fond out more, and see a short time-lapse film of me painting “Charing Cross Bridge”, please click on the painting below.

LATCH, The Children’s Cancer Charity, Painting Fundraiser

I’ve been painting these ‘fakes’ with Ed Sumner’s Cheese and Wine Painting Club on Facebook since lockdown started in Spring 2020. I’m selling some of them to raise funds for this lovely charity which has given so much support to my young relative over the past few years.

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If you would like to see the paintings and maybe buy one, please click on the boats picture to visit the page. Thanks xxx

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