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Winter Sea, Porthtowan

Winter Sea, Porthtowan

By Hayden Price


Original painting

Oil on board

Image size: H: 84cm x W: 64cm 

Framed size: H: 100.5cm x W: 81.5cm


This work depicts a famous, exposed stretch of beach on the coast of Cornwall. A moody and dramatic record of our coastline and its tidal flow, looking out to sea. It's also much more than that...


It's an astonishing feat of photo-realist-style landscape painting - except, however, that it's not just  painted from a photograph: Hayden visits these places and sketches and paints in situ, before completing each work in the studio, based on his drawings, artworks and photographs. Nor does he try to simulate a photograph in full - he wants you to see those tiny brush marks when you get up close - some of them made by brushes of a single strand that he makes himself.


This bravura piece is many months of work, rendering each surface - each frothy wave, each area of breaking water frothing onto the sand, each section of foreground grassy bank - and giving us the illusion of perspective, as if we could walk to the bank edge and peer over the top.


Typical of this artist, there is daring and confidence, both in the perspective we witness and in the confidence of an artist willing to take on such a challenge - and pull it off so successfully. It's also beautifully framed by Emma Clarke.


Set in narrow winding valley flanked by impressive granite cliffs, Porthtowan and its beach are not the most picturesque but they have a barren drama and beauty of their own. As one of the more exposed beaches on this stretch of Atlantic coast, Porthtowan is known as a great surfing beach - producing powerful, 'hollow' waves - and Hayden has perfectly captured that tidal energy here. 


Works like this hold something new and exciting for the viewer on every look - and one can never tire of looking. 


    Hayden has lived in Gloucestershire for most of his life and it's the region he paints most.


    The seasons, with their changing light and colours, are his inspiration and his oil work is a detailed reproduction of the atmosphere, light and depth, sometimes to photo-realistic levels. He has an astonishing ability to render natural textures, field crops and other landscape features. Works like this are painted over many months and require brushes of sometimes a single strand.


    Sketching, painting and recording scenes and vistas, Hayden also travels the country and beyond to capture architecture, coast and landscape.


    He has twice been accepted into the Bath Society of Artists exhibition, in the second year winning the public's favourite painting. Self-taught, he has been painting since he was 15.


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