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Severed Ventricle


I had been searching for a white ash tree for sometime. There are many in the Wienerwald, this is a fallen white ash tree.

I was interested in the black and white along the trunk, contrasting with all the late summer and approaching autumn colours behind. I loved the way the colour white took me into the landscape behind and I wanted to record this sensation.

It has an almost path-like quality which not only takes the viewer into the painting but also the substance of the paint.

I also acknowledge that many of the trees which I choose to paint exist deep within the wood. In turn they provide ‘life’ to the living wood. There are similarities with organs giving life to a human body.

In this case it was a freshly felled ash tree which seemed in turn, to sever part of the wood. Similar to severing the ventricle of a human heart, hence the title.

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Additional information

Dimensions 120 x 120 cm
Medium oil on Linen
Year 2016
Noel Paine studied at the City & Guilds of London Art School (Foundation, 1990-91); the University of Wales, Cardiff (BA, Art and Aesthetics, 1st Class Hons Painting, 1991-94); and the University of Kent, Canterbury (MA, Fine Art, 1996-98). While studying, Noel travelled to the USA which proved to be an influential time for research and practical development in his early career. Upon returning to London in 1996, he began to work on paintings which would extend into the work he makes today. This focuses on scenes of the environment he inhabits, this has resulted in his ‘London East End’ series, and, since 2008, when he has been living and working in Italy and Austria, an ongoing series of works with historical and stylistic influences from Lazio and the landscape of the Austrian countryside.

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