A proscenium is the decorative arch which spans a theatre stage. The theatre is a theme that I have often been drawn to in my work. I first invented this image as a poster illustration for a Planet People concert poster.

Planet People "Proscenium" by Barry Trower (1986)
Planet People “Proscenium” (1986)

I then painted a second giant version on a bed sheet in black and white as a backdrop for their shows, which sadly I have no visual record of. I do however have a third painted version done much later (this year!) which I’ll display here. For a painter, having a preliminary drawing can free the mind to concentrate on colour as much of the structural problems have already been figured out. I wanted to give the image a jolt of theatricality and drama.

Proscenium by Barry Trower (2015).
Proscenium (2015)

I hope you like the results of my efforts.

Signing off with a flourish,



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