Olveston artist Angus Macaskill tackles racism and segregation
SCENES took a more sombre turn as Olveston painter Angus Macaskill tackled highly complex works of art and delved into the history of racial oppression as subjects for his pop-up exhibition.
Beginning with a depiction of Auguste Rodin's the Thinker, Mr Macaskill, who has been using his house gates as a canvas over the summer, embarked on an ambitious challenge: to recreate William Turner's acclaimed Fisherman at Sea on the wooden panels.
Despite the darker colours and murky aura of the painting, the artist could not resist adding a more Bristolian touch to the work by inserting a Gromit in the tableau.
"I’ve always admired the wonderful translucency of the light penetrating the broken cloud cover and also around the anchored boat," he said.
"For the gates I worked at over double the size of the original and did wonder if I had bitten off more than I could chew.
"However I did eventually achieve something reasonably Turneresque and was rather pleased with the way I have placed a sea wall under Gromit, who needed something to stand on as he surveys the scene."
Stepping further away from his previously jovial tableaux of the Duke and Duchess of Cambridge and Doctor Who and his tardis, Mr Macaskill then dealt with injustice and racial segregation by etching the determined and hopeful face of Dr Martin Luther King outside his home, exactly 50 years after his iconic I have a dream speech.
He said: "A sermon at church reminded me of the 50th anniversary of the ‘I have a Dream’ speech so in his honour I have Dr Martin Luther King Jr ‘shining down on us all'."
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