Permission to Land

Enormous painting in dining room

An emormous painting with purple, blue and green colours; featuring hints of gold and red

No mistaking this kind of thing is there? On one hand it’s sunsets and coral reefs and on the other it’s a cascade of colour and form. Let this be whatever you want it to be. Can’t go far wrong with that.
300cm x 150cm (118″ x 59″)

£3500 (was £6995)

includes UK delivery and VAT

Big original artwork in a conference room
Stadning in front of a very large abstract canvas
Close-up view of Permission To Land by Swarez (2)
Close-up view of Permission To Land by Swarez (1)

The ideas it’s based on

Warmth can be expressed in a number of different ways. A reassuring glance, a handshake or hug, a roaring log fire or the support from a loved one. As humans we have the desire to feel it on all kinds of levels. It’s important you know this about the painting because that was one of the reasons why I painted it – to make me feel warm and cosy. In the physical world our responses to temperature are signified by many things, even if all that really is is a measurement of the energy of molecules. Close-up view of Permission To Land by Swarez (3)

An enormous painting in execution

Anyway, let’s not get too science geek here; instead let’s focus on the painting. It is composed of a series of movements that were applied from all sides of the canvas; something I can do as I work flat on the floor. I like working from all sides of the canvas as it allows me to judge which parts should collide into each other and which ones should stand alone.

I get to control how warm or how cold the painting feels and where to place the right balance of colours. By that I mean the need to let the painting work effortlessly from one side to the other without your eye telling you to stop. That can actually be quite a difficult thing to do – balance is easily lost.

My own opinion on things

But hey, enough of all the fancy stuff – just look at those colours! How can you not feel wrapped up in a snuggle blanket when you’re sat in front of this? I can almost hear the crackle of logs on a roaring fire.

It’s also incredibly detailed in places, featuring some very finely applied sections of paint. For me the need to show the very small and the very big was fundamental to capturing the whole temperature thing. A pint of boiling water may seem like a single thing but in fact it’s trillions of water molecules bouncing around. Big, small, you get the idea.

Where the name came from

So it’s all about energy in its raw state. Enormous abstract art and a Grand PianoAnd on that subject it’s right to mention the name. It may seem odd that I should choose Permission To Land as a title when that doesn’t really have any connection with what I’ve been talking about so far.

Well, the answer to that mystery is simple – it’s an album by The Darkness and it played at every session. If ever there was a band with energy it’s them. In the end it was easy to link the two together.

My gallery is a very cold place. The walls keep the cold from escaping and the skylights let out any trace of heat that I may throw out from the blower. So being able to stand in front of this painting is a sensory relief from the endless cold, even it that only ever manifests itself in my mind.

Works for me.

Free home viewing

You pick the art, we bring the gallery.
That’s right, you can stay at home, sit on the sofa and let the art come to you.
Pick as many as you want to see and only pay if you decide to buy.


  • Canvas: Scandinavian cotton coarse weave; 265 gsm (80z)
  • Primer: Two coats of Gesso applied
  • Paint: Enamel paint (8 colours) made to my own recipe
  • Frame: 44mm Museum graded floating frame with 8 tensioning corner wedges. Made from European softwoods from substantiate forests
  • Hand-stretched and stapled on the reverse
  • Signed on the reverse (so you can hang it in any orientation)