65 x 50 cm | 25 x 19 in
Original painting in oil on gesso panel.
"This piece is from an ongoing series of paintings that explore themes of longing, nostalgia and the sublime. They are painted from postcards and photos of happy people and happy places with the aim of reinventing the image as an ambiguous, psychological space."
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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.