Its a Gas Print

(2 customer reviews)


A3 print of our Its a Gas picture

25 printed. Each print numbered and signed on the footer. Please note there is a white header and footer due to the size of the print ratio to the original

the original was created with chalk pastel and linseed oil

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2 reviews for Its a Gas Print

  1. SM

    How do you review a piece of art?

    That was the first thought when I wanted to write some words about this piece. I could write about the technical aspects, the use of colour and the framing, or maybe I could write about its social impact. I am woefully skilled and equipped in both such matters so instead, I decided to write about what it means to me.

    As a disclaimer, I should say I know the artist and he is a fine gentleman. I fell attached to It’s a gas, mostly because of the character and colour. It could be an alien visitor, a deep sea diver or someone in a bio hazard suit. I feel the latter, partly because when I first saw it, I had recently watched the superb Chernobyl series. This poor soul has been sent into a barren, dull and dying landscape, sharply contrasting with their yellow illuminated rubber smock. They slowly, cautiously enter the radioactive world, being careful of their footing as dirty foul smelling water drips from the ceilings and broken piping. The floor is littered with cabling, old machinery and structural artefacts. Any of those could pierce the suit and it would spell a long, unpleasant end.

    There is so much story here and that’s what draws me to this painting again and again. It’s well worth checking this and all the other fine artworks from Hopeandmania.

  2. Sharon Walton

    The artist, Nigel Smith, has developed his own unique art style that shows through in his prints. Faces are obscured and eyes are enlarged which heightens the sense of intrigue holding your attention for a while as your mind explores its depths.

    ‘It’s a gas’ draws directly on Nigel’s intrigue of the Chernobyl disaster fused with his passion for public heath and health protection.

    The print has been created using pastels where the colours that merge together so fluidly. The choice of media almost gives you the feeling of melting.

    ‘It’s a gas’ uses a striking contrast of yellow against a dark background that perfectly balance. It is this contrast that really makes the picture as it catches your eye and draws you in. The colours symbolise to me a light in the dark and perhaps a sense of hope but also a sense of fear for the unknown. The back of HAZMAT suit is glowing with orange making you ponder what is behind the figure, what have they witnessed, what were they searching for?

    As I look at it it makes me wonder who the being is. It shows a person who’s face is hidden and the emotion from the picture is depicted by the dark colours in the pictures background.

    The picture asks more about what you can’t see and leave questions upon your mind.

    Nigel drew the picture before the pandemic of 2020 had unfolded but the picture does sum up 2020 quite nicely. How we have gone from a society of social interactions to being a sole person whose face has been stripped of a smile by a face mask. The element of recognition and body language we read from that tiny a part of our face is gone. Like Chernobyl, the way we have been living as society has changed. We are evolving and adapting but will it be too late?

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