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Towards Norway

Mark Thompson (1972 - )

Oil on cotton duck

November 1999

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  • About the work
    Country: China
    City: Beijing
    Place: British Embassy

    Fir trees stand like sentinels along each side of an icy, snow-covered road, which recedes sharply into the distance. Wisps of mist appear to linger between the tree trunks, adding to an atmosphere of profound stillness and cold. "Towards Norway" is part of a series of paintings made by Thompson during a stay in Scandinavia, which was made possible through a scholarship. While staying in the village of Hetta, in the far north of Finland, Thompson walked this route daily, taking him from his cabin in the woods into the village, where he could collect food and provisions. Walking along this road in the winter light had a profound effect on him. Though it was his own daily route, it was also the main road towards the border with Norway.

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    Materials & Techniques
    cotton duck, oil, oil painting
  • Details
    Towards Norway
    November 1999
    Oil on cotton duck
    height: 189.20 cm, width: 244.00 cm
    Purchased from the Contemporary Art Society, Art Futures 2000 exhibition, November 2000
    verso, on stretcher bar: MARK THOMPSON 2000 / "TOWARDS NORWAY"
    Contemporary Art Society
    GAC number