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Anthony Downing
Mixed media on board

Ochre drawings - I have worked on environmental issues in South Yorkshire and North Derbyshire for more than 20 years and become increasingly fascinated in how geography and geology shape an area physically and socially.  Water leaching through abandoned coal workings can carry high concentrations of iron, when it reaches the surface it is oxidised and deposited on the bed of streams as iron oxide ochre. I have worked on projects to treat the mine drainage before it is deposited in the rivers, where it would coat the bed and kill the invertebrate life which lives there. The thick ochrous sludge with its vivid colour fascinated me and I began making use of it in drawings.
In my current work I use the ochre (Iron oxide) only with charcoal (carbon) and chalk (calcium carbonate), to explore the range of effects which can be created with a limited pallet, but also as these are essential components in steel making, to return to the theme of geology shaping landscape and society.

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Stanage Snow
Drawing on board in ochre, charcoal and chalk
125x82cm
795.00 framed

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