“I find myself fascinated with how people can overcome incredibly difficult circumstances…. With the relationship element it feels like there’s a strength there they wouldn’t have otherwise…"
Two celebrated styles of Renshaw’s ‘Northern Romance’ series are his ‘skies of blue’ and ‘monochrome’ collections. The former being characterised by bright optimistic colours, sunshine and spectacular scenery: the latter famed for their minimalist compositions and desaturated colours evoking a cosy, intimate atmosphere. This work is Renshaw’s stunning merging of the two styles. As Doris and Ted look on, the bright blue sky slowly breaks through the dark, wintery ambience. A celebration of the ever-changing Turneresque dynamicism of the English sky and a gentle statement on the power of simple romance and homespun love to ride-out all weather: bright and dark.
“I put dark backgrounds in to underline the effort: life isn’t always ‘plain sailing’ but ultimately the overriding sentiment is positivity, love and happiness.”