Lot 279 - Andrew Torr - LAT 51.5160 LON -0.0725
Watercolour on Paper
A6 (15 x 10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on verso
Live and work in London.
BA at Wimbledon School of Art
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
I started painting little still lifes of nitrous oxide bottles as a response to the vast amount littering the streets and parks recently. A lot of my work is concerned with furtive activity and unknowable stories in the city.
These versions are the first I’ve painted with watercolour. This seems fitting – N2O induces a short, quick high and the bottles are discarded without a thought - it makes sense that these paintings are executed quickly and there’s a breathless ecstasy to painting with watercolour; you only get one shot. Watercolour is also usually associated with muted, subdued subject matter so the problem of rendering hard edged, reflective surfaces is an interesting exercise for a painter.
They are life-size and each one is titled after the latitude and longitude that the bottle was found. These numbers can be put into a smart phone map and they will reveal where the bottle was discarded.
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