Between A Rock and a Hard Place

A large elemental painting with grey, black and gold tones

This is all about natural elements; rock, stone, soil and earth.
The detailing is epic and it’s taken me some considerable time to get right.


One-off original painting
No prints or reproductions
Includes a Certificate of Authenticity & Valuation Certificate
Heat, UV and fade resistant



180cm x 130cm (71″ x 51″)
Can be hung on any substrate or surface (except glass) and in any orientation
Stands out 46mm from the wall


There’s no point me going on about how it looks like rock or that I got inspired by a documentary or visit somewhere – I didn’t and I haven’t. Where this came from is anybody’s guess. Sometimes it’s best not to ask too many questions and just get on with things. In fairness though I do like geological topics and in particular seismic events and things that affect the tectonic plates. I guess it was inevitable that something like this would surface sooner or later.

I used another client’s commission to formulate this painting in it’s composition. I had actually found a paint mix that was delivering what I wanted for them but decided to make another identical mix for my own use. I had an idea for a simple and very elemental range of colours but a very complex series of shapes and forms to be created from them.

What you see is four sessions worth of painting and re-applying, including two very different base structures. Though you would have to study it to see there are actually elements of two colours of silver, one metallic and one non-metallic black, gold, red, mushroom, concrete and steel grey in here along with cream and off-white.

Whether it reminds you of rock strata or a weather front, a hurricane or a wizard you cannot overlook it’s gravity. Honestly it’s screaming out for a white wall somewhere. And it’s even more dramatic if you get a spotlight onto it. That’s when you really get to pull out all the tiny and intricate details. If bright colours are not your thing but owning a piece of original contemporary art is then you may like to get in touch.

  • Canvas: Belgian medium weave; 375 gsm
  • Primer: Three coats prior to painting
  • Paints: My own formula enamel paints (6 colours)
  • Frame: 44mm Museum graded European softwood with ultra-low moisture content
  • Hand-stretched and stapled on the reverse

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