Combining yellow, pink and black
I’ve only used this combination of yellow, pink and black once before – it was in a painting called Osiris way back in 2010. They can be tricky colours to place together as they require a great deal of care not to outdo each other. The colours are very bold and very singular in their own right so putting them in the same space needs concentration.
In Last Train Home I decided to go for a longer canvas than normal – this one measures in at 300cm long which is the biggest 80cm wide painting I have done to date. I knew I wanted to make something with substance and create a grand feature of the yellow and gold blends I had sketched out previously.
Breaking down the painting
It’s full of clever twists so let me help you break down some of the key parts of this painting.
The ends are painted in what’s best described as blocks; more solid areas of colour with few additional elements. So think of these as ‘thirds’ of the painting as it’s easy to split this into three parts.
Big areas of yellow on one side and a deep swathe of pink on the other are the precursors to the meeting point in the middle. It’s only as you work towards the centre, from either side, that the story begins to unfold.
It’s the middle third of the painting where most of the action takes place. The inclusion of white and gold brings in a much needed break point and a touch of personality whilst the black calms everything down and brings in some much needed gravity. I think of it as a blur of speed and acceleration, but you may see something different altogether.
To be honest with you it wasn’t until it had dried and been stretched around the frame that the name came to me. Although I’d wanted to celebrate golden yellow sunsets it wasn’t with any thought towards rail transport or traveling late at night. But sometimes the names just appear and attach themselves like that so I don’t argue with the little voice that chooses them.
Where this painting is best suited
Tricky one. It will need space for sure. Getting in a 3 meter long painting will need a decent sized wall space. However, it’s not that tall so it can go behind a sofa or dining table very happily. It also won’t need much in the way of light as it really brings its own. But a spotlight for the night-time wouldn’t hurt.
Perhaps the most surprising thing about this artwork is its ability to work from all distances. Stand way back and you get the hit of those rich, indulgent colours. Stand closer and the details begin to reveal themselves. Closer still and each part begins to form its own personality. That may all sound a but kitsch but its very surprising and rather wonderful to experience.
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