The Dusk commission was a series of nine block woodcut prints. These were the first woodcuts that David Henderson produced, and were commissioned by Grampian Hospital Arts Trust in Aberdeen.
This piece uses only two colours: white and blue. Though somewhat abstract, it appears to represent a view through an arch in a rock formation, with the waves of the sea visible through the opening. The shades of blue vary in intensity, created through layers of colour washed over each other.
White is used to capture the reflections of light on the water, varying in intensity and rhythm to create a sense of perspective. The sky above the rock formation uses a distinctive shade, consisting of a rough pattern of lighter blues.
David Henderson studied Design & Craft (Printmaking) at Gray’s School of Art, Aberdeen, as well as gaining an MBA at Aberdeen Business School in 1999. His awards include the Samuel Pope Medal for Art in 1974, the Aberdeen Visual Arts Award in 2004 and the Royal Scottish Society of Watercolourists Council Award in 2006. He has exhibited widely throughout Scotland. He is a Teaching Fellow at Robert Gordon University and is a professional member of The Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours.
With thanks to The RSW for information about this artist.