- Art Funded
- 2 x (38 x 48 cm)
- Frith Street Gallery
We recognise the landmarks from numerous reproductions in paintings and photographs, but what do they really mean for us today? RiddyÂ’s poetic pictures of the cityÂ’s sights demand that we slow down and consider them afresh. In Rome (Colosseum) he shows the remains of the great amphitheatre from an unexpected angle, its antique bulk appearing less formidable behind the delicate forms of winter trees. There are no signs of modern urban life and we are able to contemplate the building as a peaceful ruin. In a city of noise and activity, Riddy says he was able to discover Â‘moments of silence and spaces that are stillÂ’. As well as joining Southampton City Art GalleryÂ’s impressive collection of contemporary art, RiddyÂ’s picture will now become a thought-provoking companion piece for The Coliseum at Rome by Moonlight (1859), a painting by the Southampton-born artist Frederick Lee Bridell (1830-63), which is a favourite among many of the galleryÂ’s visitors.
Frith Street Gallery and the artist.