It's a cold night in Calais. The sodium lights glow overhead and breaths fog from the mouths of those around you. Your eyes shift along the frozen railway lines, and the abandoned trains which lay in wait. You wonder whether this is your time, whether you'll finally get through or die in the process.
So the painting captured by Henry Jones sets the scene. An eerie, haunting snapshot of isolated desperation, it's the latest in a series of watercolour works inspired by the world he sees around him,
"Success with watercolour is a challenge which requires spontaneity, confidence and many hours working with the medium. Whenever I look at a scene my subconscious begins to work out how I might paint it, capture light, movement, atmosphere."
Dragging you solemnly across the English Channel, this painting makes the hairs stand on end and the blood chill.
In the Words of Art Unlocked
The painting gives you a real feeling of moving under the shadow of darkness. A darkness, not only of the night, but of the political storm enshrouding the problems the migrants in Calais are facing. You get the sense of the cold through the use of colour, and the unfriendly, industrial stage upon which this painting is set. You're left with a sense of isolation and struggle.
About Henry Jones
Henry has filled piles of sketchbooks since he left art college; travelling through the US, Far East and Australia in the 1980s & 1990s. He finds inspiration for his watercolour pieces (his chosen medium) in any subject; landscapes, cities, street scenes, people, machines and even images from the TV - you'll often find him in front of the telly with a pencil and a sketchbook.
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Material: Watercolour on watercolour paper.
Size: 38 x 28 cm approx.