The West Pier, Brighton

neil williams

THE PHOTOGRAPH

The  old West Pier remains in Brighton is an irresistible subject. This is a long exposure as the early morning light is just creeping into the sky.

For me this picture speaks of the futility of our dreams and ambitions when faced with the immensity of time and nature. ( I find this oddly comforting!) The West Pier always brings my mind a few lines of poetry recalled from school days..

"My name is Ozymandias, King of King;
Look on my Works, ye Mighty, and despair!"
Nothing beside remains, Round the decay
of that colossal Wreck, boundless and bare
The lone and level sands stretch far away.

 

HOW WE MAKE THE PICTURE

We build everything ourselves in the gallery. The photograph is printed on the very best archival matte canvas, hand coated in a matte varnish we import from America, and then left flat to dry for a few days. This means the picture can be cleaned with a damp cloth, and the great thing about a matte finish with no glass is that you have no distracting glare or reflections. It's a much more direct experience.

Whilst the print is drying we can get on with making the stretcher frame and the tray frame that the finished canvas will drop into. The tray frame is hand painted either white or grey depending on your order (for this image I like the white best).

Next the canvas is stretched over the stretcher frame. After that, we carefully paint the canvas  edges with several coats of the same paint used on the tray frame, so the they match perfectly. Then we assemble the canvas and frame, put a hanging wire on the back, and attach a Certificate of Authenticity. Finally Neil signs the piece front and back adding the title and edition number.

BUYING OPTIONS

This picture is available as a framed stretched canvas, and comes in two sizes as detailed below. A shipping charge of £25 is added at checkout.

Large Stretched Canvas Framed in a White or Grey Tray Frame: £375

Limited Edition of 150

Framed Size 133cm by 60cm (canvas 1254cm by 52cm)

XL Stretched Canvas Framed in White or Grey Tray Frame: £650

Limited Edition of 50

Framed Size is 183cm by 80cm  (canvas size is 175cm by 72cm).

Canvases can be rolled and shipped abroad unframed. Please get in touch for a quote.

Feel free to call Neil on 07957 473693 with any more questions, or email us at neil@neilwilliams.co.uk 



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