West Pier Gesso
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‘West Pier Gesso’
This art print depicts the remains of Brighton’s West Pier. It was the first leisure pier to be built in Brighton in 1886. Cormorants have made the West Pier their home, hence you can spot some in my print. And in the horizon the Rampion Wind Farm makes its appearance as the newest addition to this seascape.
I created this print from my original ink drawings to which I apply colour digitally and then print on fine art paper using archival inks. I issue the formats A0, A1, A2, A3 & A4 as limited editions of 100 where I individually sign and number each print.
Brighton’s West Pier
The industrial revolution brought social and technological advances. Among these, the Victorian championed the promotion of well being. For this reason many seaside towns built leisure piers across the United Kingdom inviting all segments of society to enjoy the benefits of clean air and gentle exercise. The West Pier, possibly the most beautiful in Britain, stands today, sadly, as a bare and weathered wrought iron structure.
In 2019 I held an exhibition at the West Pier Centre where I showed my work. My interest in this charismatic structure is well documented in numerous prints where I have featured the remains of the West Pier.
Cormorants at Brighton’s West Pier
If you are observant of wildlife you might have spotted cormorants drying their wings on the ruins of the Brighton’s West Pier. These birds are rather elegant with their slender figure, long necks and anthracite iridescent feathers. To my mind comes a poem attributed to Christopher Isherwood that goes like this : “The Common Cormorant or Shag, lays eggs inside a paper bag. The reason you will see no doubt it is to keep the lightning out….” This poem, not short of humour, was composed at a dinner party. Guests set each other the challenge of writing a poem containing a given word. The cormorants are resting on what was previously a beautiful Victorian leisure pier. The West Pier sadly was destroyed by a series of fires and all that remains is its bent structure of rusted wrought iron.
|Print sizes: standard landscape
Art print A0 size landscape, Art print A1 size landscape, Art print A2 size landscape, Art print A3 size landscape, Art print A4 size landscape
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