The painting arose partly out of my reading the work of Roy Campbell... introduction to his work by T.S. Eliot...
- Alex Colville
In this painting the horse is given preference.
Which is the way with tragic figures.
Destined to gallop headlong across the ties
unsoftly into that harsh light
Framed by twin rails so steeped in tradition
there is no thought that favours perspective.
Still. At this juncture
(where steam freezes
& hooves never touch the ground)
One stares amazed & believes
The guts of this crazy.
That obscures the real.