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Dive

oil on canvas

80 x 80 cm

Bathing at the Pont du Gard

Green Ring

oil on canvas

130 x 97 cm

oil on canvas

60 x 60 cm

Splash below the Bridge

oil on canvas

90 x 30 cm

Pink Ring

Canoe and Splash

Jump

oil on canvas

80 x 80 cm

oil on canvas

60 x 60 cm

oil on canvas

40 x 40 cm

Turning

oil on canvas

46 x 61 cm

Canoes beneath the Pont du Gard (diptych)

The moment of entry

Jump from the rock

oil on canvas

50 x 40 cm

oil on 2 canvases

50 x 50 cm

oil on canvas

100 x 81 cm

Climbing out

oil on canvas

60 x 30 cm

For a considerable time I had mulled over the idea of a set of canvases in homage to Georges Seurat, whose Baignade à Asnières, with all its studies and drawings, had so impressed me in London. Apart from his way of treating light and his masterly composition, I particularly liked his representation of the human figures. Last summer we adopted the Pont du Gard as the preferred watering place, and it was there that something clicked. Even so it took me six months to pluck up the courage to tackle water. Once launched, the project gained momentum and its own sens of direction. Watching with fascination the way my brush strokes turned into water, I forgot all about Seurat. This water was not dead like the water in photographs;.it was living like the flecked coat of a wild animal, calm or broken up according to the strength of the wind, the quality of light and the movements of the bathers. I am in thrall to a freer more dynamic way of painting.

Oliver Bevan 2006

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