The Ecstacy and the Fall by Mark Stopforth


Oil and chalk on paper.

Size: 42 x 28cm

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“Always within my work I am letting the oil paint do it’s own thing in the moment. The paint is heavily thinned so the first point of contact with the paper is instant and remains, almost like watercolours, the layers on top thereafter create both light and dark forms that suggest and become its own subject. It’s more akin to action painting and Chinese ink drawings where the brush marks resonate and have a life of their own.

The sea paintings created from that starting point, from that first splash of blue, are generally of a solo wave cresting on the horizon in an ocean swell, suggesting an almost overwhelming sense of isolation and longing within the sublime force of the sea.”

Mark Stopforth

Mark lives and works in Gloucestershire.