The Resurrection Of The Lyceum In 1911 by Mark Sheeky

G269A The Resurrection Of The Lyceum In 1911
Oil on acrylic plastic
Jun to Aug 2011, 742x1199 mm

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About this painting
Painted for a special exhibition to mark the centenary of the Lyceum Theatre in his home town of Crewe, this was my largest painting to date.

The painting shows the old theatre, destroyed in 1911, almost literally rising from the ashes towards the current theatre. The geometric shapes in the sky reflect the architecture of the contemporary theatre, reached for by a pile of ideas on the back of a phoenix.

The tight deadline for this painting made it a challenge. Several ideas were sketched quickly and one was selected based on ease of composition, visual impact, and relevance to the event. The painting took me nearly thirty, eight-hour days to complete, and I still consider this insufficient. This painting was not a commission, but a work painted voluntarily, as local artists were asked and encouraged to contribute to the exhibition.

I did, however, design the digital graphic artwork for the commemorative brochure and some special postcards for the event.

Technical details
The painting was painted on 6mm acrylic plastic, a good stable surface because it is resistant to elemental damage and is inflexible. It can be expensive and heavy however, and like any solid surface is not forgiving of scratches or knocks. A smooth surface demands more detail and a higher quality of work than canvas, too.

The Resurrection Of The Lyceum In 1911
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