The Park No. I

Sarah Pickstone

The first of an award-winning series of five paintings, this work received a prize at the 23rd John Moores Exhibition at the Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool in 2004.

The artist says of this series: 'This park is both central to the city and at its edge; a parallel landscape with a boundary, familiar paths and borders. I have returned to this place, this particular flower-bed, many times, and as I am looking into the hedgerow I think about the connection between public and private spaces and of how perception is often distorted by memory. I am curious about what I see; how to record the shifts of viewpoint and focus. Despite being mistrustful of its easy appeal, its artifice, its politely accepted conventions and inescapable banality, I am a regular park-dweller. The connections and separations between groups and individual park people are somehow mirrored by the formation of the birds, who move around unaware of the pattern of their alignment.'

Nos. II & V from the Park series are held in the Saatchi Collection.

Sarah Pickstone
The Park No.1
Acrylic on canvas
235 x 180 cm: 92 1/2 x 70 7/8 in.
Signed and dated 'PICKSTONE 2003', and titled 'THE PARK No. I' on the reverse
23rd John Moores Exhibition, Walker Art Gallery, Liverpool, 2004
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