Beach Party

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2010 oil on canvas 60 x 36ins (150 x 90cm)

Beach Party' started life as a landscape scene of the castle on the cliffs behind the beach at Scylla. Soon a figure group in the foreground took over from the wider view and this is now placed in a generic setting (though the umbrellas and deck-chairs in the distance remind us that this is Italy). I tried to capture a particular moment of conversation among this group of friends as they sit on the beach doing nothing in particular at the end of a sunny afternoon.