The city has been a continual inspiration and the subject of a number of paintings that have made up recent exhibitions. Most artists tackle the big scenes, the Rialto, San Marcos or the Grand Canal. Jon focuses on those areas that are off the beaten track where the potential to concentrate on the fragility of the stonework or the colour and the still, opaque nature of the water in a canal provide the inspiration for these paintings. The small calles and the mooring areas for the gondolas, and the architectural details, are all depicted, stripped down to their essential elements which are manipulated in terms of colour, and form. When the big subjects are addressed such as San Marco’s facade, it is the overarching feeling of the scene and the lack of detail that are expressed.
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