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Matthew Draper (British, born 1973)

“Nocturne with Polluted Light (Part VI)”

Pastel on paper, 2019
32 1/4 x 58 inches (82 x 147.5 cm)

Matthew Draper makes large and dramatic paintings using pastel. He studied at Falmouth College of Arts in the early 1990s and the extraordinary harbour there, the second-deepest natural harbour in the world, has inspired some of his most powerful paintings.

This powerful image shows a viewpoint from a promontory high above the harbour, overlooking the docks. The picture responds to the effects of both natural and man-made light in a place that contains both natural and industrial beauty. We see glimpses of the hulls of many different types of ships and vessels and of buoys and dockland cranes as well as chimneys and rooftops – linking the town and its working harbour together.