Max Angus Painter, Printmaker and Illustrator - Graphic

Standing Together
Title: Standing Together
Location: Guston Farm, Guston, Kent

Image size: 23cm x 16.5cm

Medium: Linocut 3 Block

Edition size: 20


Trees and Sky series - Standing Together
In the series of Trees and Sky linocuts the colour behaviour was influenced by Mark Rothko's oil paintings "Red on Maroon" (1959) and "Black on Maroon" (1958). In Mark Rothko's paintings he creates a strange haunting light and not just areas of colour. The light appears to shimmer like the sky with undertones of dull clouds breaking through from underneath the brightness.

The pictures in the Trees and Sky series have been made by using three plates. The first plate to paper was multiple colours of the furthest background to give a base of undertones. The second plate ties the sky and background colours and allows some of the colours to shine through. The third plate contains the outline of the trees.

Standing Together

Trees are fascinating. Over the winter, in just one weekend it seemed as if all the trees lost their leaves. The high winds came and the trees were laid bare like families or friends standing together. The lines of trees have all been planted at the same time, yet those in the centre are taller as they are protected by those on the outside. All the weak branches have been torn away in the storms and high winds and only the resilient branches remained. Natures way of pruning.

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