Nigel Shipley

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Dead of night


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 wash of blue through which light shines and bounces back off the white base so illuminating the colour from behind.  A strip of cast silver coloured metal (mostly tin) is embedded in the paint.  

XL.XXIX.MMXVIII c Yonaka  d Yonaka  b