The Battle in the Woods

Ioan, Year 11

  • Painting
  • Acrylic painting on canvas
  • A1 landscape

I was working on the theme of 'Conflict' and as I am in the cadets I put on my uniform and went to the local woods to do a photoshoot of myself in various poses of battle. I made replica wooden guns and created a composition using Photoshop. I then made an acrylic painting from this montage of poses. I wanted to use just black, white and greys (though I added a blue wash to lift the greys). I was influenced by Picasso’s Guernica in which he uses greys like an old news reel and also Titian’s paintings in the National Gallery which have figures in the trees and rich painterly textures.