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Nice Old Town

About Nice Old Town

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Nice in France is famed for its Mediterranean beaches, sun and famous artists. On a holiday to Nice, I discovered the old town district. This district has lots of medieval buildings and small cobbled streets. A wide range of restaurants and market squares are scattered within the area.


This clock tower, located in one of the squares particularly took my interest. I wanted to express the heat and warmth, as well as the dynamism of the hussle and bussle of the atmosphere.


I think I was inspired by the Matisse museum which is in the city. His style of bright colours and strong shapes has had an influence on this painting.


I thought that a loose expressive style would capture the feeling of place. Using loose brush strokes and a minimal palette, the painting was created. It was important to paint the line correctly. This is because the more lines I used, the more rigid the painting would become. This took several attempts to get correct, to give the feel of the buildings I wanted.


By using modern bright contemporary colouring, this contrasts against the medieval style and brings an unseen energy to the landscape. The result is something I hope that will capture the feeling as well as the memory of the Old Town district of Nice.



Acrylic on paper.
10 x 8 inches.
Completed 2019.


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