Landscape No. 664

© John Virtue. All rights reserved, DACS 2024. Image credit: Government Art Collection

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John Virtue's monochromatic landscape is from a series of views of London taken from different points along the River Thames. St Paul's Cathedral can be seen from the river, looking towards Blackfriars Bridge, its monumental dome modelled in viscous black paint. Initially, it seems as if little else is distinguishable, but gradually other details start to emerge, such as the façades of riverside houses, highlighted in white. This painting and 'Landscape No.662', another work by John Virtue in the Government Art Collection, are the result of a unique working process which Virtue has developed during his career. He applies paint to the canvas using a wide gamut of tools, including brushes, rollers, basting syringes, spray guns and calligraphy brushes, and sometimes even his fingers and toes.

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Landscape No. 664




white acrylic, black ink, shellac & emulsion on canvas


H 183.3 x W 183.5 cm

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purchased from the artist, 2004

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