Having moved heaven and earth to reach this divine celestial point, the prospect of love is well starred for the occupants of Peter Smith’s latest original work of contemporary art. The artist’s resilient, much travelled characters – that appear somewhere between elephant and hippopotamus on this occasion – we’re led to believe have been searching high and low in their bid to be reacquainted with each other, having recently treading solitary paths.
But as true love has steered them back together, there’s no chance that either party will let the other out of their sight this time. It’s a typical, glee-filled, feel-good Smith creative number, that is as magnanimous in its reiteration of love making the world go round as it is in its understanding and application of colour.
From the uppermost of darkened sky, to the sun-kissed orange glow at the foot of the canvas, vivacious colours are measured throughout. And there, right smack bang in the middle of the composition we find the lovers. The rotund, fluffy, would-be Shakespearean players, cast under a heart-red sky, enveloped and fed by the Gods of love.