Painter, illustrator and comic artist
Anubis travels in time. Here he is, on a picnic with some young friends, near the Avon River.Some might recognise the paysage: The Clifton Suspension Bridge, spanning the Avon Gorge in Bristol. The Georgian terraces of Clifton on the right, the district of Hotwells below them. On the left is Leigh Woods. However it is not a contemporary view, I was using an old postcard (below) as a reference, probably from the XIX century, judging by the presence of a steam boats on the river.
I painted this picture for many reasons.
First; I have a strong connection to rivers. I used to spend a lot of time in kayak as a child, on the fast mountain rivers and slow, wide, deep waters. I really liked this endless paddling with the changing flow. After a while you could feel the river as a living being.
Second; because of the bridge. The Clifton Suspension Bridge, designed by Isambard Kingdom Brunel, was opened in 1864. When I saw the photo of it, for the first time, I fall in love. It is majestic, beautiful and a bit spooky, fits perfectly with the scenery. Not a big surprise it has a reputation as a suicide bridge.
And last but not least; someone, a fellow artist, reminded me of Seurat’s “Un dimanche après-midi à l’Île de la Grande Jatte”, one of my favorite pictures.