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The Malta Suite

In 2017 I spent a holiday on the Maltese islands. The experience was, in some respects, a challenging one. Malta is not conventionally picturesque, but it did have a definite aesthetic impact upon me. On my return to the UK the legacy of the experience was a series of pictures in which I responded to that environment.

The titles I have given to items in the group are all taken from the poetry of T.S. Eliot, for which I have a long-term affection. The bleakness of his imagery seems to match very well my associations with Malta.

In one other respect this material resonated with a thread of imagery that has run through my work more generally, and has been reflected also in my exploration of Pennine landscapes. This is summed up in the word “beyond”, which in a general way points towards questions about the possibilities for individual attainment, personal fulfilment, and transcendence.

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