Alan Cotton  
 

Paintings - Morocco

Midday at the Square at Marrakech - 16" x 16" - 41cm x 41cm
Midday at the Square at Marrakech 16" x 16" 41cm x 41cm
  In the Souk at Marrakech - 20" x 20" - 51cm x 51cm
In the Souk at Marrakech 20" x 20" 51cm x 51cm

"In the Square at Marrakech - Jemaa el Fna - we had brilliant light in January and February, overwhelmingly warm and the light seemed to permeate every area. In doing the figure paintings, what is always appealing is seeing the dark figures in silhouette against the brilliant light and trying to convey their activity and movement. All of them were sheltering from the fierce sun, under umbrellas, with their paraphernalia, creating wonderful swashes of light on top of the umbrellas and dark passages underneath."

Midday in the Souk at Marrakech 20" x 20" - 51cm x 51cm
Midday in the Souk at Marrakech 20" x 20" 51cm x 51cm
  Mountain pass in the High Atlas 20" x 20" - 51cm x 51cm
Mountain pass in the High Atlas 20" x 20" 51cm x 51cm

"The scale and incredibly irregular shapes of the mountains were deeply impressive. Within the mountains themselves the combination of patterns created by the strata, some vertical, some horizontal, some leaning at strange angles, were stunning. Certainly in evening light, the contrast between the very dark hills and the brilliant peaks, catching the sun in the distance, created the kind of vibrancy that led me to my first series of Moroccan paintings."

Goats in the High Atlas 24" x 24" - 61cm x 61cm
Goats in the High Atlas 24" x 24" 61cm x 61cm
 

"It was an amazing experience, being in the High Atlas - the scale, the remoteness and above all the colour. What deeply impressed me was seeing sequences of colour that I had never seen before and these were essentially earth colours, but such a subtle range."

"I think the potency of colour in these paintings, done in the full light of day, with small stunted trees on the distant hills, and the trees nearer to me, on a much larger scale, amid rocks in purples and mauves, were really powerful pieces of colour."



Berber Dwellings on the Telouet Road - sketch by Alan Cotton
  Evening in the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass 24" x 24" - 61cm x 61cm
Evening in the Tizi-n-Tichka Pass 24" x 24" 61cm x 61cm


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