Title: The Winnington Chimneys
Media: Oil on Canvas
Price: £360 Unframed
Size unframed: 60cm x 60cm
This painting was the first that confirmed for me that these Chemical Plants could be very beautiful. Indian Red and Yellow Ochre chimneys were very acceptable, enhancing the atmosphere of this great, but ordinary place that traffic and people had passed by incessantly for all of its life. I wanted to wake them up and cause them to look at it properly.
This painting has been mounted in a lovely black floating frame and looks magnificent in a Victorian Hallway decorated with the samel Indian Red colour. I hope its architect would be pleased to see it looking so grand. The four chimneys are iconic in the town of Northwich and some local people talk fondly of them. I sat in my car in the local Garden Centre drawing and shading; making notes and taking photographs from which the painting emerged. I’m glad it is appreciated by its new owner and has found a home where it is loved.
General Notes on my Industrial Paintings
Cheshire was once the home of Imperial Chemical Industry, known locally as ICI – valued and appreciated because its production of chemicals employed many residents of the area for many years. The chemical plants should have left a blot on the landscape but in fact their size and beauty left me mesmerised when I first became familiar with them. I needed to paint them and would like to be painting them still. I rarely find anything which inspires me as much as they did.
These paintings are the result of nearly two years work.
Many of them are already sold but signed prints can still be made to whatever size is required.