Industrial Landscapes > Land of Hope and Glory
Land of Hope and Glory
1997, Oil and wax on canvas 4000 Framed
125 x 95 cm

Prize winner in the first international Claremorris Open in Ireland. Imaginary development in encaustic wax and oils of the desolation of an abandoned industrial landscape. A lone wolf, stomach empty, roams the landscape in search of food. In just 20 years we seem to have moved into a post heavy industrial era facing the climate consequences of this industry. This is the idea of the classical ancient ruined landscape from the the 17th century applied to modern times. In my dreams I see ex industrial structures slowly decaying, remnants of the past, reminders of earlier ways of our culture. In reality most such remnants have been preserved in a sanitised English Heritage style with little power of suggestion. The well paid officials of the preservation world have lost touch with the power of Romantic space to allow our human imagination to reinvent the past. This is my attempt to claim back that territory. No one in England seemed interested but the judges in Ireland appreciated it.

Now available as an A3+ limited edition, framed & mounted print price 195 + p&p or 125+p&p mounted print only or 99 print only in a tube. 0
©2004 Tom McElderry