Signed, numbered and dated by the artist.
“This blue barrel is a common sight in light industrial areas, used for the shipping and storage of any number of products, from chemicals to foodstuffs. This one was used to transport palm oil from Brazil and took a weeks worth of washing to remove the oil and its’ smell before I could ask a model to be anywhere near it.
I used it as a prop in the painting for its wonderful ultramarine blue, a colour used historically with veneration for veneration (due to its expense) by painters since the 14th Century, for e.g. Sassoferrato’s Blessed Virgin Mary.
Here I use the colour, albeit the modern industrial variety, to paint a mass-produced (profane, if you like) object. I had the model posing with her leg in the barrel – in my mind it became a kind of absurd prosthetic, but it works for me because of the complete antithesis in its utilitarian nature to the figure. The curve of it pleasingly echoes curves in the figure.”
Craig Wylie, painter
This giclée print is on heavy, fine art Hahnemühle photo-rag paper. The smooth yet slightly textured surface of this paper allows for the highest quality reproduction of the original artwork. The inks used are archival and will not fade.