Oil on canvas
24" x 36" inches
© Patricia Araujo
During a painting expedition to Longleat, England, I was immediately drawn to the majestic rooftop of Longleat House, the 17th century home of the Marquess of Bath. I developed a series of paintings devoted to the rooftop. The scenery offers decorative chimney tops and bellcotes, which form a city of its own. The chimney tops become iconic, along with the surrounding structures. Under Construction, presents a beginning view of the rooftop, scaffolding is in its foundation. Although the majority of the rooftop is built, the main foundation of the left side is still unfinished. The white areas are outlined in red, as a linear drawing of what the rooftop will look like once it is complete. There is a play between the columns and chimney tops, as if a game of chess was happening. Under-constructed forms make this painting a workable vision and offers beauty as it is, without the need of completion.
Under Construction was exhibited first in 2003 at Coos Art Museum, Coos Bay, Oregon, exhibition titled "Expressions West". Followed by a smaller show at the San Francisco Art Institute. In 2004, Under Construction was included in a book publication by the California College of the Arts, book entitled, CCA Literary Journal: Eleven-Eleven, Volume I. Under Construction is featured on Page 1. CCA organized a Book Release and group exhibition showcasing the artists published in the book at Den space in the Spring 2004. This piece was exhibited there along with my other Longleat Series drawings. The last show for this painting was exhibited during my Solo Show, titled New Paintings, at SOMA Gallery, San Francisco. Under Construction was acquired in 2005 by an important San Francisco Private Collector who worked as Art Consultant and Curator at Weinstein Gallery.