Spirit of Totnes [Large]
- Publisher : Robert Beer Website
- Category :
John Miles Art
- Catalogue No : 22056
The ‘Spirit of Totnes’ was one of John’s most ambitious compositions, which he worked on over a period of seven years. He began this painting in October 1981, and late in 1988 he wrote: “I painted the signature off The Spirit of Totnes today. The signed part was totally ostentatious and interfered with the image.” The painting is based on an early morning photograph of the deserted High Street in the town of Totnes in Devon, with a solitary car passing under the clock tower that bridges the wet street. The amorphous complexity of the luminous ‘Spirit’ energy that sweeps through the street reveals John’s awareness of that which is present when people are absent. When John first showed me the completed painting he then switched of the studio light, leaving the image to gently glow in its spirit-presence as my eyes became accustomed to the dark. This visionary experience of the painting’s virtual reality still remains fresh in my memory.