Black Tide

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WORK GROUP Horizon Paintings
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Sky

Horizon Paintings

The appearance of the natural world meets the experience of painting in John Dougill's new group of paintings.

“In the past his paintings were a response to the changing features of the London sky: vapour trails, sunsets, and the accumulating effects of contamination, witnessed first-hand from his high window near London Bridge. Now that his view is of a newly-built block of luxury flats, he has turned to a long standing fascination with the Sea. Repetition is implicit in this subject as it is in this particular painter's practice; 'renewal' is found in each new encounter. A new sequence of small paintings follows the sea as it ebbs and flows in the consciousness. He has been absorbed by the distant look to the horizon as well as the immediacy of the endless assault on the shore. Where presence is a moment of recognition, the tide-line of memory. (These fragments I have shored against my ruin).”

Exhibition Studio 1.1. Michael Keenan

”Paris changes; nothing in my melancholy stirs … new mansards, arrondisements razed en bloc, glass, scaffolding, slum wards - all allegory! My memories are heavier than rock!”

Charles Baudelaire, 'Le Cygne', freely translated by Robert Lowell

Coming and going, receding advancing, accumulating, overlapping. A relentless Power.

A physical pleasure and a terror.

To make a painting which is a result of contemplation, of trying to find structured ways of responding to the idea of the sea. It's horizontallity, it's here and there, it's advancing, it's covering. It's repetition.

It's oiliness; solidity and thickness. ? So that it is less to do with description, though it may have resemblance???, perhaps it's neverending ness, so that a painting isn't like a problem solved but moves toward a point of an unknown completion.

John Dougill

horizon-painting
Black Tide

Black Tide

Bounty

Bounty

Calm Sea

Calm Sea

Crests

Crests

Ebb Tide

Ebb Tide

Grey Sea

Grey Sea

Green Sea

Green Sea

Heavy Sea

Heavy Sea

Horizon 1

Horizon 1

Horizon 2

Horizon 2

Horizon 3

Horizon 3

Incoming Tide

Incoming Tide

Horizon 4

Horizon 4

Loop

Loop

Man Made White Sea

Man Made White Sea

Mist

Mist

Morning Sea and Birds

Morning Sea and Birds

On the Horizon 1

On the Horizon 1

On the Horizon 2

On the Horizon 2

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Programme

Programme

Remainder

Remainder

Remains

Remains

Rising Tide

Rising Tide

Rough Sea

Rough Sea

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Shore

Shore

Storm

Storm

The Library

The Library

Thinking About a Walk

Thinking About a Walk

Tic Toc

Tic Toc

Unfinished

Unfinished

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Rough Sea

Rough Sea

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Weather Forecast

Weather Forecast

Work in Progress

Work in Progress

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"John Dougill mediates between the introspection of the horizon and the affirmation of the puncture in a series of small paintings about the sea and its pleasures and politics. These variations overlay the seascapes with brightly coloured perforations which introduce a push-and-pull between an atmospheric space and the surface. The work poignantly brings together presence and absence, appealing to the ephemeral workings of memory."

Poppy Sebire Gallery