With Ben Nicholson and Barbara Hepworth, John Wells was at the centre of artistic activity in St Ives following the Second World War. He continues to live in Cornwall. According to Wells, this painting, unlike many of his works, was not inspired by natural forces or events. However, he has also said that even his most abstract works 'come out of the landscape for me because landscape is what I love'. In this painting the artist suggested that the tall, black, curved shape, which he has often used, was probably derived unconsciously from the shape of a sailing boat. His intention in works like this was to achieve the 'balance of line and colour or mass and colour'.