Thrashing lobsters

Oil on wood

900 mm x 600 mm

This painting summarises thoughts about increasing pressure on habitats, animal and human; 19th century zoological illustration and the ordering and classification of the world that it spawned; long cycles of natural processes; and my fascination with marine creatures. Formal considerations involved judgements about colour, composition, the suggestion of powerful movement, and the behaviour of oil paint skating across a smoothly finished wood panel. The strong customised red in a confined environment inevitably implies some degree of violence as a function of the competition for finite resources such as space, or the distance between an overcrowded restaurant aquarium and a more humane environment.

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by Richard Dunlop