JILL MIRZA ‘Market at Le Puy-en-Velay’ 18 x 32 in / 45.5 x 81 cm    Acrylic on Canvas   2019
The main impact of this painting is to do with the extraordinary brilliance of colour  found in this unusual French town and the contrast between the verticality of the  towering houses and the horizontality of the large striped awnings. Beneath all the visual  busyness of the place the figures are dwarfed, lurking in the shadows beneath the  umbrellas, creating a kind of underworld, a quieter area for the eye to rest and  grounding the image.