Medium:Oil on Canvas
Size (h x w):88cm x 120cm
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Skaters - Oil on Canvas 1964
The painting dates from a time when the artist worked from fairgrounds, theaters and
rock concerts. Zacron worked at Richmond Ice Rink for two years and took skating
lessons in order to draw the figure in motion, skating and drawing beside and around
figure skaters as they went through their movements.
Very few works are available from this period not sold into collections but you will find
some of the working drawings under Portfolio - Drawings and Zacron Archive - Fine Art.
The compositional divisions and dramatic lighting are a characteristic of this ice rink,
whereas the central smiling face was in part, influenced by Goya 'The Blind Man'.
The product of endless drawing on location and the unique perspective of the building,
provided an arena for the moving figures. The sense of movement is made from
fleeting fragments of information, they are painted in a way that is removed from factual
In the foreground figures make a presence independent from the skaters, one face is
lit in a pool of light, another smiles excitedly out of the darkness. A third figure looks
out beyond the picture at the observer and you are left to imagine the complete image
in the semi-light.
The painting uniquely records the atmosphere of the renowned Richmond Ice Rink
where people of all ages circled the ice with great excitement, where world champion
figure skaters rehearsed their finely tuned performances.
The building is now demolished but this painting remains a haunting memory
for all time.
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