65 x 50 cm | 24 x 18 in
Original oil painting on gesso panel.
This painting presents an ambiguous scenario where the central figure, almost totally obscured by deep shadow, appears to be in a perilous situation. The dark shadows lend an ominous air while the warm light reflecting off the patterned surface of the water, by contrast, softens the mood.
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Ed Saye’s searching images offer a contemplative reflection of atmospheric locations. Saye makes use of found photographs and intuitive editing techniques to lend his painting a familiar yet slightly anomalous feel. The use of warm hues and fragmented detailing softens the narrative of each piece and leaves an air of enigma. The ambiguous choice of image, leaves an unsettling doubt about the tone of the scene; it may be an image reminiscent of family vacations besides an intentional absence which seemingly haunts the scene. This balance creates a strong sense of uncertainty and recreates the same specious quality as memory. In turn, the viewer is left to interpret a space made equivocal through compositional tensions and pleasing handlings of light and tone.