Reading, Prison Wall

Andrey Novikov
This mixed media sketch depicts the wall of Reading's famous Gaol. The artistic solution for the image of the wall employs a deep black color that absorbs all details, a fitting shade for a prison that has partitioned life into "before" and "after." A striking feature of the composition is a road sign with arrows pointing in opposite directions, offering a graceful interpretation of choice. Although the prison is a historical building and no longer serves its original purpose, the drawing enables us to reflect on the nature of human choice.

Mixed media on paper, 30x40, 2023

Framing is not included
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