PHGC92"In The Summertime..." by Paul Horton|
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Edition Size - 195
Image Size: 19-3/4" x 24"
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From time to time I like to return to a subject matter from the past and offer a new interpretation from an existing theme. I also receive requests to include popular characters or items that have appeared in previous images. In this instance it's the ice cream van that was first introduced in a painting called ‘Day's Of Summer’ alongside the iconic chopper bike. ‘In The Summertime’ looks back to those long summer days filled with happy memories that stay with us all our lives, a time for adventure, a time for friends and a time for fun.
"As much of the original inspiration for my work was derived from puppet theatre, the natural progression was to have some made. I collaborated with Craig Denston, one of the countries leading puppeteers and designers. I then decided it would be great fun to bring them into the gallery environment as part of my ‘Homes & Hearts’ tour, which added a diverse element to these exhibitions.
The wonderful assortment of characters that appear in my paintings take inspiration from a number of sources including illustration, story books and theatre. There is often a narrative element to be found within my work, people interpret my characters in so many ways, take the Victorian man for instance, is he Jack the Ripper, a magician, or a Phileas Fogg type of character? I like to keep his identity a closely guarded secret, hence his title the ‘Man of Mystery’.
The tramp is one of my favourite characters, he is not really anybody in particular, but there is a touch of Charlie Chaplin about him. I wanted to introduce a character who lives in the modern world. The little tramp is a figure of optimism, looking to a future full of hope. When explaining my work I feel it’s best not to give everything away, leaving it open to interpretation."