For Artwork in Focus we explore individual artworks, critiquing their style and discussing their socio-political context. Today we look at A New Day by Will.
About the Work
Titles : A New Day
Medium : oil on canvas
Dimensions : 23″ x 19″
Location : Museum of Bad Art
The idea of utopia has fascinated many artists through history, apparently including Will. The artist presents us with a white (or grey) landscape covered in snow (or smoke). The blue ombre of the sky is almost lurid as it seems to have been achieved through violent means, such as perhaps scraping. The sun (or moon) hides behind a tree. A few other trees peak out randomly to accompany the first one. The artist captures a volcano erupt in the foreground, but rest of the scenery seems fairly unperturbed by this fatal natural disaster. Smudges of white paint depict something unknown – quite literally.
Will’s A New Day is housed in the Museum of Bad Art. It is part of the museum’s collection of Unlikely Landscapes, Cityscapes and Still Lifes. The work was gifted to the museum.
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