Tempera on paper on board
14,8 x 18,8 cm (5 1/2 x 7 1/8 in) (image)
31,1 x 35,2 x 3 cm (12 1/4 x 13 3/4 x 1 1/8 in) (framed)
The work is from a new body of work exploring images from the artist’s image archive, among them decades old snapshots associated with personal memories, tied to a specific place, a moment in time. Andrew Grassie chose motifs that had held his attention for reasons he could not always explain: photos from his image archive, sometimes many decades old and exuding a vague awkwardness, became sources for these works.
Each image of this series can be traced to a specific moment, often specific visual phenomena, remembered by the artist for persona and/or artistic reasons.
In the words of Andrew Grassie:
“A night, on a country lane. After a rain shower. The headlights still on, I stopped the car and took this shot. The camera confused whether to focus on the windscreen or the view beyond. We can vaguely make out the shape of the road but the globes of light floating over the surface are the main subject. A car stopping at night on a road, unable to see beyond its own illumination, it felt very cinematic.”
The intimately scaled, precisely painted work is executed in tempera, a painting technique associated with pre-Renaissance panel paintings anteceding the development of oil paint.