Jeremy Le Grice - Artists

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Hull - 1956

Hull - 1956

In the autumn I began to paint alone, supported by the benevolence of my wider family, so I was able to confront the task of putting into practice all I had now learned and experienced.

But I have never been so miserable as during the next six months working in the basement of the Newlyn Art Gallery and wrestling to discover my most relevant creative theme.

This boat hull lay against the quay of Penzance Harbour were the car park is now; its presence gradually began to produce in me a cathartic state that spread in to this painting.

It's grey planking evolved into coffin black and a deathly stillness pervaded the low-tide shore but, later on , the vessel came to represent the womb and making love.