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Plymouth artist Neil Mawdsley    Plymouth U.K.      Email: neil@mawdsley.co.uk
Particulates Matter A Painting 1metre by 70 cms     Canvas Mixed Media     £775  Shown at ‘Drawn To The Valley’ exhibition at Tavistock Town Hall  6,7,8,9,10th Aug. 2013 For some time I have been concerned about how dust is a hidden spoiler of the air we breath. Often we cannot see what we are breathing in. Also with my involvement in the campaign to fight against a waste incinerator in the heart of the city of Plymouth, I have delved into the arguments behind the problem of waste disposal. My conclusion was that the waste industry in general, and government bodies, do not do enough when profits are involved. The tiny particles that get in our lungs (particulates) less than 2.5 microns get through the filering systems and reputable scientific bodies say that these can affect life expectancy. Of course air pollution and waste gas is generating climate change and slowly changing the balance of nature. This painting is based on this issue. It is an attempt to contrast what was ‘before’ and is ‘now’ and the challenge for a man and women to seek out a new dawn in an increasingly polluted world. It is not the prettiest of paintings, but sometimes, I think, an artist needs to show concerns for the present and future rather than the beauty surrounding. It is an issue that is not going away.  
               
STAGES OF THIS PAINTING & PROJECT FOR THE MT EDGCUMBE EXHIBITION OF ‘DRAWN TO THE VALLEY’ OCT 2013 1st  effort In the beginning   Quarter Imp. Garden of Eden, embryonic , starting point         Watercolour
2nd stage Like the first but more detailed in acrylic. The Fibonacci Gridlines used widely. Love of people, love of nature Together. The colourful world. Are we looking after what is, or are we  always seeking the new.
Evolution  of this painting ‘Particulates Matter’ 3ft x2ft 3rd Stage. This is the final painting This uses charcoal with acrylic mediums And collaged crumpled paper on top of the 2nd stage painting. It is an attempt to contrast what was ‘before’ with what is ‘now’ and the challenge for a man and women to seek out a new dawn in an increasingly polluted world.