3180. Cheltenham 2019 (34)

The thing about returning to an annual festival such as the one in Cheltenham is that a year later you get to see the pieces that weren’t completed on the visit a year ago. The next three pieces on Natural Adventures were all painted at Cheltenham Paint Festival in 2019, but photographed this year.

WD, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020
WD, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020

This astonishing anamorphic piece, or trompe l’oeil as I would prefer to describe it, is a tribute to Mobius (the mathematician) who invented the Möbius strip – remember that from O Level mathematics? It is painted by WD, an artist I know little about but who has a rather nice website that is worth a look at.

WD, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020
WD, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020

This really is a breathtaking piece and didn’t get painted until after last year’s festival had ended, so many visitors never got to see it which is a shame. One can only look at a piece like this and be filled with awe. It is not only clever, but it is also expertly painted. I love the incorporation of the chimney stack into the hat.

WD, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020
WD, Paint Festival 2019, Cheltenham, September 2020

I parked down a little side street to get these pictures and the last one is from a little distance away, but gives you a feel for the local impact of something so grand. Worth a trip to Cheltenham on its own.