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Tenacious is a three master tall ship, designed to allow mixed crews of able and disabled bodied to experience the thrill of sailing. The painting was completed in the artist's studio from a small plein air work.
Classical compositional elements, such as the foreground “repoussoir” or push-back, allude to the clarity of space for the viewer. Banning merges the new and old London skyline by summoning an even light and balancing horizontals and verticals for a geometric focus. By contrast, the sway of the red flag on the left, implies an arabesque surface movement which is nicely counter-balanced by the shoreline.Rebecca Boyd Allen, Watercolours Specialist from Winsor & Newton