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Michael Wishart was the nephew of Kathleen Garman, who donated the collection to Walsall.
There is a surreal element to Wishart’s work which distorts notions of time and place. The world we inhabit is merged with dreams and this fusion is compressed into layered brush-strokes, giving his paintings an ethereal quality. The suggestive forms of the moths in this picture capture the essence of the insect in flight. These moths are like fleeting thoughts, or memories, that flit through the twilight of the unconscious mind.
Wishart employs an even deeper, royal blue in his painting 'Arab Courtyard', which is also in the collection.
oil on canvas
H 49.5 x W 75 cm
gift from the National Art Collections Fund