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Matterhorn 1

Ed Saye

45 x 60 cm | 16 x 22 in


Subject: Places/landscape
Tags: Mountains, Earth Colours


Original painting in oil on canvas.

"From an ongoing body of work exploring themes of hope, anxiety and failed utopias. The image makes reference to resort architecture and the idealism espoused by aspects of the Modern movement in the twentieth century. Details have been, erased, edited out and over-painted to suggest the instability and fragility of memory while the sombre, almost monochromatic colour palette helps to create a melancholic atmosphere. This painting was made from a found image of the Disneyland recreation of the Matterhorn."


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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.


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