Published: 21 April 2021
Graeme's own words taking readers behind the scenes of 'Figure on a Beach':
This painting was inspired by my first post lockdown visit to the coast and the memory of a figure seen on the shore.
The beach was still surprisingly quiet, but there were a few people around and in the distance, I could see a figure sitting on the sand reading. A combination of my poor eyesight and imagination had him down as a younger person or student, but as we got closer, I could see he was very much older.
The wind was blowing so seemed to add a sense of movement to this stationary figure. All these things combined to make a heightened, poignant scene in my memory.
I am very interested in people's appearance and how we also create our own mental image of them. In this painting, I am attempting to recreate the ambiguity of this self-contained figure who was old but also appeared young.
Graeme's speaks further on the story behind his painting 'The Duke':
I often paint versions of anonymous people I see around the city.
This is one of a series based on commuters on my morning train. This character appeared for a few days running, often sleeping or staring straight ahead. He had a certain bearing and quiet confidence, with a profile which could have come from a Flemish portrait.
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