Tom Hoar: Castles in the Sand

10 - 27 NOVEMBER

I was lucky to fit in my trip to Morocco in February, just before we were all locked up, and I returned to Essaouira for the first time in a decade.  My modus operandi when travelling is to paint on smaller “wild” panels with oils and in watercolour on paper, and from those plein air studies I can produce larger works back in the studio.

The challenges of painting in the souks took a while to get used to again, as the locals are always curious and happy to spend hours watching a painting come together (or fail!), and distractions are plentiful.  I would find a quiet spot to paint from, set up my easel and start painting, only to discover that my spot was, in fact, someone’s street stall pitch and have to pack up again!

The fortified sea walls of the Medina rearing out of the Atlantic evoked Jimi Hendrix’s ballad “Castles made of sand”, written in a small village across the beach. This gave me the idea for a show that could comprise marine and architectural elements and which also eludes to the fragility of current times, and the continual frustrating of all our best laid plans. The feeling of freedom I experienced painting the seas of the Atlantic, whether in North Africa, the wild west of Ireland, the Scottish Hebrides, or on my doorstep on Dorset’s Jurassic Coast, was my personal antidote to this, and one I hope to share with others in this exhibition.

- Tom Hoar, October 2020

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Tom Hoar

The Isles of Glassilaun, Connemara

£2,250

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Tom Hoar

Port Isaac, Cornwall

£3,450

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Tom Hoar

Morar, Arisaig

£2,250

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Tom Hoar

Heatwave, Worbarrow Bay

£1,650

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Tom Hoar

In the medina, Essaouira

£2,250

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Tom Hoar

Low tide, Sanna Bay

£2,450

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Tom Hoar

Rawlsbury Rings, Dorset

£1,450

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Tom Hoar

Connemara Colours, Glassilaun

£2,450

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Tom Hoar

Moorish Doorway, Essaouira

£1,250

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Tom Hoar

From Rawlsbury Camp, Dorset

£1,450

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Tom Hoar

In the Hebrides

£1,450

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Tom Hoar

Study of city walls, Essaouira

£1,450

Tom Hoar

The Road to Maghera, Co Donegal

£9,950

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Tom Hoar

Benbulben from St John's Point, Co Donegal

£3,450

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Tom Hoar

Constantine Bay, Contra jour

£2,250

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Beyond the ramparts, Essaouira

£3,450

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Tom Hoar

The Twelve Bens, Connemara

£1,450

Tom Hoar

Isle of Isolde study

£1,250

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Tom Hoar

Medina wall, study

£1,450

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Tom Hoar

The Conversation, Essaouira

£1,450

Tom Hoar

Study of a Cornfield, Wiltshire

£1,450

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Tom Hoar

Castle in the sand, Sidi Kaoki

£750

Tom Hoar

Shadows over the Links Course, Arisaig

£3,450

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Tom Hoar

The Wild Atlantic Way

£2,250

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Tom Hoar

Shadows on Mweelrea, Connemara

£3,450

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Tom Hoar

The Mountains of Mayo

£1,950

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Tom Hoar

Equinox tide, Tregardock

£2,250

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Tom Hoar

The Ramparts, Essaouira

£2,250

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Summer afternoon, Morar, Arisaig

£2,250

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Tom Hoar

Over the sea from Skye

£2,250

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