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92 x 157 cm

"The subject of this piece is the marine environment of Falmouth harbour, the second deepest natural harbour in the world. My fascination with this subject stems from the time when I studied Fine Art at Falmouth College of Arts in the early 1990's. Over the past 25 years I have made numerous works about this subject matter which have taken the form of several one man exhibitions. In 2019 I was invited to participate in a curated exhibition 'A Good Night, Nocturnes for Night Owls' at Falmouth Art Gallery, in which works by invited contemporary artists were exhibited alongside pieces held in the collection at Falmouth; all responding to the nocturnal environment. This was an opportunity for me to revisit and record changes to that place that has over the years has so intrigued me. I made four pieces to fulfil this brief, two of which were exhibited. Although not exhibited in the show 'Sea Mist A Nocturnal View of Falmouth Harbour', was an integral part of this series.

This vista depicted is a view of Falmouth harbour from a small inlet on the River Fal, viewed from almost water level the composition looks across the harbour, towards the distant dockland where we see a large moored vessel and hints of an industrial setting. I became interested in how to combine the two types of reflections; whether it be the lit up dockland, and parts of the town or the remaining evening light, with the movement seen on the surface of the water. Those reflections and the glimpses of a hull and the numerous coloured buoys create a composition which captures a moment in time, that responds to this unique natural harbour on a misty evening." - Matthew Draper

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This work was exhibited at the Royal Society of Marine Artists (RSMA) Annual Exhibition. Discover more about the RSMA and its history or find out more about artists opportunities for future RSMA exhibitions

The Royal Society of Marine Artists is widely recognised as the focal point for much of Britain's finest contemporary marine art.