An Exhibition at the Oxmarket Centre of Arts, Chichester
14th August to 27 August 2017
I was admiring a piece of art in a gallery shop. A painting on a piece of driftwood. It was beautiful and I complimented the artist. She said. ‘It’s the wood that is beautiful. If only I could find more pieces like that on the beach.’ I knew exactly what she meant as I have been collecting driftwood for years and have an enormous love for the unused pieces, finding it hard to let them go. So that got me thinking. Could I make my own wood background? It turns out there is an effect you can use; and like most skills, once you know how, it’s easy.
There’s something about wood and the patina of time, weathered and rich with decades of exposure. I love the look of old signs that are so weathered. It’s as if time has its own design and made its own amendments.
In an exhibition of this work at the Oxmarket – Centre of Arts Chichester I have focused on this technique and hope that you enjoy it.
The picture below takes a leaf out of Toulouse-Lautrec’s book, famous for his commercial posters of the Moulin Rouge. I have made my own sign for Billy’s on the Beach at Bracklesham. Please go and see it in their restaurant and enjoy the tranquility of the beach. Switch off and enter a world free of the road, cars and television. Where the sea is the limit and focus of your horizon.
Working and living in Chichester Luke also writes fiction and has written a book of short stories One Last Cruise,a children’s story for nine to eleven year olds, Films and Fathers and a series of bedtime stories for pre-readers, The Cat Competition.