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David Marl ARCA

"What I'm after," said RS Thomas, "is to demonstrate that man is spiritual." These words whistled into my head when I first saw the pictures of David Marl. He makes small, quiet paintings filled with vision. Lonely walkers pace through illuminated landscapes; silent players in distant dramas. We see figures, like tiny Giacometti plasters, stepping out across rolling hills, journeymen, pilgrims in the universe of painting where birds fly across heaven and earth, weaving the whole together.

When you know that David Marl studied stained glass at the Royal College the light that shines out of these small windows elicits a comprehending, “Aah!” The paintings are lit from within and glimmer like ‘the blue and the dim and the dark cloths’.*

Painting, that is, meaningful painting, actually runs away from meaning. It has its own internalised rationale or, it might be said, with apologies to Pascal, that painting, like ‘the heart, has reasons that reason doesn’t really understand’. This is why it’s not enough to view the paintings as illustrations or to read the titles as explanations. 

They are reminiscent in some ways of Poussin’s landscapes but more than that they make me think of Blake and Palmer. I was driving south from Warminster the other day over the downland in the twilight and I began to see David Marl’s hills ahead of me. I had thought the landscapes in the paintings rather formal and mannered but then I realised that these are very English landscapes and that these paintings are the wistful witness of an English gentleman.

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*Aedh Wishes for the Cloths of Heaven by WB Yeats

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all the paintings are sold framed

The elusive nature of belief IV
Something remains even at the bleakest
times

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed 
10" x 12" framed
£500

Arriving at the Gates of Heaven

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Julian of Norwich

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Pilgrim arriving at the place of the Nativity

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The Magi series - Arrival

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Nativity with Magi & the Annunciation

acrylic on board
7" x 9" unframed
12.5" x 14" framed
£600

Pentecost
Enthusiasm & degrees of detachment

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The expulsion from the Garden of Eden

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Annunciation with Golden River II

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Landscapes of the Spirit
Pentecost

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The Magi series
Travelling through a God haunted wilderness

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The Magi series
Optimism in the face of difficulty

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Running man with accidental halo

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The haunting

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Annunciation in winter landscape I

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Annunciation in a winter landscape II

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Annunciation with Golden River I

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The beginning of the Flood I

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Triptych ~ Bringing the Good News

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4" x 7" unframed
9" x 11" framed
£550

The Magi series
I think hesitantly of meaning because here I am nothing easily understood.

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

Matthew 24 v.23

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The elusive nature of belief III 
Evensong

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The elusive nature of belief V
The Sermon on the Mount with detached listener.

Iacrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The Star of the Nativity

acrylic on board
5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The elder brother's resentment locked in the silence of dream.

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

The approaching storm

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5" x 8" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£500

'My God, when I walk in these groves
And leaves, thy spirit doth still fan.
I see in each shade that there grows
An angel talking with a man'
Henry Vaughan

acrylic on board
4" x 7" unframed
10" x 12" framed
£400