Dawn A syrian landscape by Andy Finlay

The war in Syria started in 2011.

Currently over half the population has fled the country.

There are over 4 million refugees.

What is left is ruins covered in concrete dust

The largest of my parchment paintings at 2025mm x 1000mm, this painting is part of an ongoing series of works documenting changing urban landscapes caused by decay, demolition, regeneration, construction and overdevelopment.

Driven by the emotion from the images of these Syrian towns and cities destroyed by the bombing and the fleeing of their populations. The way the towns and cities were transformed into desolate wastelands in a matter of days and weeks. The work was an emotional journey into the lives of the fleeing refugees.

The scene is painted using just titanium white oil paint on raw canvas. The canvas is nailed to a hand made timber frame reminiscent of the type used when making temporary shelters after disasters. The application of dry cement powder directly onto the oil paint and canvas allowed the dust to fall and land in the textures of the paint and the creases in the canvas, in the same way the concrete dust settled onto the city after the bombings.

What is left is ruins covered in concrete dust

'Dawn' Oil and concrete on canvas 220cm x 98cms Andy Finlay 2017

Currently on display and available for sale at Travers Smith LLP, Snow Lane, London EC1 as part of their CSR Art Programme. Viewing is by appointment only.

Email studio@andyfinlay.co.uk

Call 07709 353 740


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