Sunday, 31 July 2011

The romance of the ruin

Continuing with a theme emerging from last week's blog entry: abandoned buildings. Here are a few more paintings that explore the romance of the ruin. I hope that you enjoy them.

As ever, for the detail-obsessed amongst you, most images can be enlarged by clicking on the picture ;0)

'Ruin' - acrylics on wood panel (61cm x 58cm) 
Not the most imaginative title, but it's to the point. An imagined view of a stately home that has seen better times... Like the building, the original painting has been destroyed (it was cannibalised and subsumed into another painting) so there's just this one photographic record. Ah, such sweet melancholy memories...

'Teasel Barn' - acrylics on wood panel (122cm x 76cm) 
Another imagined view, this is a typical scene that one might find in the county of Essex: a group of abandoned buildings with pan tile roofing, wooden clapboard sidings and old brickwork. All overgrown with weeds, wild flowers and Teasel plants.

'The MacKenty Shack' - acrylics on canvas (61cm x 61cm) 
I was fortunate enough to spend some time at Martha's Vineyard in New England a couple of years ago. It was absolutely delightful. This is a painting of an old shack that was on the property of my kind hosts.

'Abandoned Church' - acrylics on paper (46cm x 30cm) 
One of a series of more fanciful ruins from the imagination, although certainly influenced by old photographs of war-torn Europe (WW2) with a dash of Caspar Friedrich thrown in for good measure!

'The Secret Room' - inks & acrylics on mounted paper (20cm x 16cm) 
This small monochrome painting is based on a view sketched in Venice. This place is heaven if you want to indulge in old exposed brickwork, crumbling walls with layers of peeling paint and light reflected from water in the canals. Actually, that sounds a bit like my bathroom at home too.

A little study of the corner of an old outhouse. I extended this image further in the digital painting below:

All images copyright Manfred Hennessy. 
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