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Patsy McArthur

Patsy McArthur’s work explores the graceful and powerful movement of people. Following periods of painting freerunners, acrobats and trampolinists, she has progressed underwater, to swimming pools, lakes and the open sea, to capture the ways in which people move when submerged and the effects caused by the relationship between light, colour and water.

“When it comes to painting the figure underwater, the challenge lies in capturing the light, the differing transparencies of water and their effects on that figure.I like my work to have an emotional element and I think my underwater imagery has a kind of escapism about it; my aim is that the viewer can feel the temperature of the water, the sensory experience that comes with being in water, that otherworldliness.”