Graphite & collage on paper
160 x 110cm approx
This image is the middle section of a very powerful triptych of drawings from Venice, one of Ian Murphy’s favourite drawing locations. The title itself is derived from the statuesque and imposing character of the balustrade structures that fall in and out of focus in the foreground space, these regal like shapes hold dominance over the restricted, canyon like space, behind them.
The image is torn and gestural in appearance, and is extremely well worked with many marks created through the process of applying and then partially removing the graphite products. The character of the drawing is very much indicative of the historic visual appearance one associates with the famous Italian city.