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About the work

A man clings to a large ball of soil somewhere out in the countryside. He appears to be hugging the soil as if it is a long-lost friend, or as if his life depends upon it! The image came to me as one depicting some great loss - a loss so big that even a large ball of earth cannot convey its magnitude. I collected the red soil locally, from a place where I walk my dogs - on the edge of the city, and full of wildlife. It could be that the man in this piece is embracing Nature as a way of dealing with his great loss. It is a recognition of the solace human beings can gain from contact with the natural world.

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PublisherMichael Hayter
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Certificate of authenticityIncluded
Condition/detailsExcellent
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About the artist

I'm primarily a figurative painter of the human condition, taken from the perspective of personal experience. Although I originally trained to be a veterinarian, I have always drawn and painted and now balance my life between these two disciplines. My work really started when, having suffered for many years with depression , I began to create from this dark space and found a rich seam of both imagery and meaning there – with all the moral and existential difficulties it presents. My childhood is a powerful influence and a rich source of material. This has led to a flowering of creativity that touches on the profound, and often religious or spiritual experiences of being human. I went to art school in London in the '90s and now have a studio at Spike Island Artspace, a world-renowned centre for contemporary art, situated in Bristol, UK Having worked in a variety of media, I'm now predominantly focuses on painting and drawing but also recently branched out into sculpture and animation. I have exhibited in London, Bristol, Bath, Cambridge, Nottingham, Bordeaux, France (2015) and Maastricht, Netherlands (2016). I have collaborated with French artist Olivier Specio on the project At Last We Fly (2015). My work is features in private collections in the UK, France, Belgium, Holland and the US.

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