Transformed at Night

Nothing is what it seems to be at night, the intensity and sources of light alter one’s perspective. Colours change – some merge into the dark, others stand out with greater clarity. The same hill would have been familiar to John Glover, but today’s designed landscape and artificial lighting would have been unrecognisable to him. This is not a place that one would plan a special journey to visit for its uniqueness, the blandness of the view may disappoint. It is that special moment in an ordinary scene that I look for and, in that sense, would be an experience not unfamiliar to Glover.

Matthew Armstrong

2009, Glover Prize Winner

Oil on canvas