Andrew Cranston

Those who hide well live well

About this artwork

In Those who hide well, live well, Cranston paints the view of a woodland from an interior setting inspired by the top-floor flat in Glasgow that he moved into during the Covid-19 pandemic in 2020. He enjoys sitting by the window (the translucent figure in the lower left corner could be him) and watching the morning sun come through the canopy of 80-foot-tall beech trees which stand outside the flats. The forest is Cranston’s preferred natural habitat: he grew up in Hawick, a town surrounded by woods and forests. Albrecht Altdorfer’s painting Saint George in the Forest, 1510 (Alte Pinakothek, Munich) influenced Cranston’s decision to make the woodland the focal point of this painting. He intended to show what he describes as a ‘gentle ghostly sense of habitation’, as the tortoise, watermelon, and pot of tea in the foreground create an environment of comfort. The title is a translation from a Latin quote by Cicero, which Cranston felt captured his appreciation of the intimate aspects of the forced isolation during the Covid-19 lockdown.

Published June 2023

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Andrew Cranston

Andrew Cranston