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This piece is called Relic, and created as a reflection on the spidery structures that rise from the North Sea as if from the pages of H. G. Wells' War of the Worlds.

There are around 270 oil rigs in the North Sea. Some have reached the end of their commissioned life, others sit above fields run dry. Due to depletion of resources and growing demands for clean energy, the future of the rigs is uncertain.

Removing them is an extremely disruptive and expensive process. Leaving them in situ is a huge potential hazard to contaminating the marine environment. What is clear is that they were built with no thought to their future, and the arguments over decommission are driven by money rather than environmental concern.

Larry is a piece of history that will go on, leaving the rigs in her wake.

The composition is inspired by the view down the end of a spy glass.


Your painting will arrive accompanied by a hand painted chart in water colour showing the area of inspiration, and the hand written story behind the image. 


* I am offering the option to split payment into installements. If this is something you would like, please contact me via the contact page and we can set this up. 

Relic | Original Artwork

SKU: 364115376135191
  • Painted in gouache on Two Rivers 200lb paper. 

    The composition of this image was intended with negative space around the image, a white border. You may of course frame it how you like, but this is the reason I provide two sets of dimesions. 

    Painted image only (no space): 31 cm x 27 cm

    Paper Size: 57 cm x 40 cm 


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