Giza

Giza

2007, 101x76cm, Acrylic on canvas, 450

This is a painting of the pyramids of Khufu, Khafre, and Menkaure at Giza. Khufu's pyramid is partially visible on the right.

Most of the painting is divided into small squares and diamonds, with each containing several dabs of colour on top of each other. The squares in each of the pyramids have a final dab of the same colour, giving coherence to each pyramid, whilst preserving the variation of colour underneath. I intended these to represent the reflective cover stones that are now missing from the pyramids.

The two strips below the pyramids are deliberately ambiguous - they represent a combination of the land in front of the pyramids and the earth beneath them.

The intersecting lines in the picture are suggestive of the construction and design of the pyramids, and in particular, are reminiscent of the shafts within the pyramids. They also extend the pyramids themselves into the land and the sky - what the pyramids represent stretches throughout Egypt.