Nigel Shipley

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Melancholy  -  Bitumen paint is made to repair a leaking roof. It is dreadful stuff to work with, sticky, stinking and as black as can be. It is like the dregs of a barrel of crude oil, but when dried on a painting it can be a sublime, rich, and deep black.  Pure black like Japanese lacquer, but with a velvety softness.  This contrasts with a thin transparent washes and a distant light that suggests a landscape.  

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50 x 50 cm, oil and bitumen on board, framed.  

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