Colin Middleton was one of the most important Irish artists of his generation. His landscapes and figure subjects often come close to abstraction and have a strong decorative quality.
Here the architecture of the sea wall is reduced to a mosaic of interlocking rectangular shapes. The limited colour range and the repeating patterns unify the picture into one decorative scheme. Middleton uses the bird on the flagpole to define the location and the scale of the picture.
Where to see this painting?
Herbert Art Gallery & Museum
Jordan Well, Coventry, West Midlands, England, CV1 5QP
If you are planning a visit to see this painting, check with the collection first. Paintings can be moved at short notice.