Technique and condition

The painting was executed on twenty separate pieces of medium-weight cotton duck canvas that were stretched around individual and identical fixed strainers and attached at their rears with wire staples. The artist made both strainers and each consists of seven strips of Douglas Fir wood.

The opaque grey paint is household matt emulsion paint and was applied directly to the front and sides of the stretched canvas, without any form of preparation. The first layer was diluted right down with a significant amount of water and the subsequent layers (there are five layers in total) were thinned progressively less. Although each layer was applied by brush, the final surface shows no brushstrokes and the only texture visible is that of the underlying canvas weave.

The painting is in very good condition, although it's very dry, delicate and uniform surface makes it extremely vulnerable to marks and scuffs, especially from touching. It is therefore vital that the painting is always displayed behind a barrier and is handled with extreme care.

Tom Learner
August 2000