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Service Station
© Carol Rhodes

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Service Station 1998

Not on display

  • Scottish Art
Rhodes is drawn to painting areas of landscape which are familiar but commonly disregarded, such as service stations, car parks and airports. Her source material includes geography textbooks and aerial photographs. Rhodes paints the scenes on smooth boards, giving her paintings a detailed, enamel-like quality that is reminiscent of early Netherlandish pictures. She uses muted colours and an even light, which serve to emphasise the effects of any shadows or strong colour added. Rhodes makes a deliberate contrast between the small scale, on which she works, and the often huge area she depicts.

Glossary Open


Powdered coloured glass that is fixed to a surface using heat. It is widely used on decorative objects such as ceramics. Enamel paints were developed in the 18th century and were favoured for portrait miniatures.



  • Acc. No. GMA 4245
  • Medium Oil on board
  • Size 46.90 x 47.10 cm
  • Credit Purchased 1998