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Protected Rock By Clark Nicol


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Clark Nicol
Protected Rock
Original Seascape Painting
Acrylic Paint and Gold Leaf on Canvas
Size: H 55cm x W 55cm x D 5cm
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I’m frequently drawn to the idea that rocks hold our history, and we have only to discover how to unlock their secrets. While working on my coastal paintings I was reminded of the preciousness of rocks and made a short series of paintings on the theme of “Protected Rock”. These culminated in this piece, in which I used structural line drawing to enclose the rock and to present different perceptions, simultaneously creating a dialogue in which “space snaps shut to plane, plane flickers back into open space.

The journey around the canvas gives us colours and stripes, evocative of happy memories on seaside holidays, which serve to act as a foil to the ruggedness of the natural forms and also give reference to the whole process of precipitation. In the bottom left corner the repeating squares allude to the passage of time. Billion year old carbon.

Size: H:55 cm x W:55 cm

Clark Nicol is available for sale online and in our art gallery at Wychwood Art. I graduated in Fine Art at Duncan of Jordanstone College of Art in Dundee during which time I was a prize winner in the Scottish Open Art Competition. After a post-graduate award I moved to London, where I taught art, and I am currently Head of Art at Plymouth College. My work between 2016 and 2019 was concerned with exploring a dialogue between geometric shapes and figurative landscape. Often referring to the issues around pollution of the seas these make the surface of the painting an important aspect of the viewing experience, and as well as enjoying the interaction between the pictorial depth and the surface marks, they act either as a foil to the more natural structures of the rocks and landforms, or as framed snapshots of remembered experiences. In the last year year I have become increasingly interested in the relationship between the physical and visual experience of space in landscape. Having begun to enjoy the more expressive qualities of looser brushwork and the evocative effects of drips and splashes, I find that the power, energy, wetness, and textures of the moors and coast can be better expressed through different forms of mark making. To discuss any of Clark Nicol's works for sale please call 07799535765 or email

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