46 x 61 cm | 18 x 24 in
Original painting in oil on linen.
Original painting in oil on canvas.
"This painting was made as a preparatory study for a larger painting that was shortlisted for a prestigious award in London in 2018. The painting depicts a hippie-like couple standing in the sea bathing. The colour palette makes reference to psychedelia and alludes to the idealism of alternative cultures as well as the notion that the path to creativity lies through the doors of perception."
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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.