With its hyperreal imagery of brightly coloured garden shrubs, this work from 2013 is characteristic of Karl Maughan's painting. The realism, however, only goes so far – there are no weeds, no broken branches, and the autumn colours of the leaves sit oddly beside the spring-flowering rhododendrons. In effect Maughan uses the figurative elements in a structured composition which is as close to an abstract painting as to a photograph. What is novel in this particular painting is Maughan's use of the sun-speckled grass path and the distant blue hills to add interesting new colour tones to his normal palette.
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Gow Langsford Gallery
Oil on canvas by Karl Maughan, 2013
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