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006 - Infinity

6 Pt window-grille pattern from the Great Mosque of Damascus, Syria.
Original watercolour on 300 g/m². 42 x 56 cm

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The way transient light shines through contrasting open and closed spaces filled with latticework patterns has always captured my imagination. Constructed in the early 8th century (AD 706-715/AH 87-96), this marble window-grille of interlocking circles from the Umayyad Great Mosque of Damascus is one of the oldest examples of geometric design in the Islamic world. Analysis and layout follows Alan Adams. After many fun trials (particularly the emerald trial), a final palette of 'infinity' blue, ochre, sepia and a variety of golds emerged.

Thursday, 30 March 2017