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Limited edition print sale – Cockenzie

‘Cockenzie Power Station, 26th September 2015′. Mixed media on 17×11″ wood panel (Original £400, sold. Ltd Ed’ print £65)

There are 18 prints still available (from a limited edition of 25) of the above painting Cockenzie Power Station, September 26th 2015 with 10% off.

This painting was created to mark the demolition of Cockenzie Power Station. Its chimneys were a familiar landmark on the south east coast of Scotland and hundreds of people lined up along the coast to watch it come down.

I took a video of the demolition (which you can view at the end of this post) and some sketches, then made the painting on a piece of 17×11 inch wood. The painting went on to sell at the preview of the Royal Scottish Academy Open, and was featured in the Times review of the show (by author and art critic Giles Sutherland).

I had the painting professionally scanned by Giclee UK and made into a limited edition of 25 signed, dated prints. I then offered the series exclusively to the (now closed)  Peter Potter Gallery in Haddington (near Cockenzie), and three sold there, but despite the gallery’s best efforts it was forced to close last year. A real shame as it showed excellent work from local and international artists.

Anyway, this means I still have 18 prints left (two are kept aside for my own archives and I sold a couple more direct to buyers). They’re 17×11″ with a white surround on archive quality fine art paper using acid resistant (non-fade) ink. I’ve taken off about 10% of the original cost (they sold for £72 each at the Peter Potter Gallery)

If you’d like to buy one you can contact me on rose.strang@gmail.com, or from the ‘Contact’ page from the menu above.


Cockenzie Power Station: 2 Paintings

'Cockenzie Power Station, 26th September 2015'. Mixed media on 17x11" wood panel

‘Cockenzie Power Station, 26th September 2015’. Mixed media on 17×11″ wood panel

'Watchers (Cockenzie)'. Mixed media on 17x11" wood panel

‘Watchers (Cockenzie)’. Mixed media on 17×11″ wood panel

These are the two finished works in response to Cockenzie Power Station which was demolished at 12 noon on the 26th of September this year.

It was a coal fired power station launched in 1967, run by the nationalised Scottish electricity board then by privatised Scottish Power, classed as inefficient in 2013 then decomissioned.

People lined the east coast shores on the 26th to watch it come down, and luckily I got a call from a friend who was driving out there. I knew it would be a good photo opportunity but only decided to paint it later.

Watching my video afterwards, I realised I’d captured the sound of waves, as I was just a few feet away from the shore, and I liked the way the sounds of explosion along with ‘oohs’ and ‘aah’s from the crowd faded into peaceful, lapping waves.

This is my video of the event…

The towers, reflected in the water, then vanished, seemed like seismographic recorders. The waves like time-markers or markers of disruption, lapsing into peaceful silence. I wanted to reflect these ideas, and played around with effects on a wood panel until it felt right. I liked the way the reflection of the towers began to resemble a seismograph, which is why I made the towers appear less real, more like graph needles or markers of time.

Lastly here are a few photos of people watching on the shore or from the sea..

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