The Coal Miner Original Mixed Media Painting

COAL MINER 5MB.jpeg
COAL MINER 5MB.jpeg

The Coal Miner Original Mixed Media Painting

2,600.00

24x48 inches
acrylic, watercolor paper, kraft paper, graphite on stained birch panel

The Jobs of Yesteryear series combines history and surrealism to tell the stories of obsolete jobs. A contemporary glimpse into the past, these mixed media paintings serve as a reminder of time and stories long forgotten.

This particular Job of Yesteryear mixed media painting features a coal miner. Coal mining dates back nearly 2,000 years when the Romans mined surface deposits in Roman Britain and since then, it has played a vital role in the worldwide expansion of industry and commerce. The Industrial Revolution was based on the availability of coal to power steam engines. All of this progress and industry has been carried on the back of the lowly coal miner. Until the invention of electric and hydraulic mining tools in the late 19th century, coal was mined underground using a pick and a shovel in intensely dangerous conditions. Coal was first hauled from the mines by children, but they were replaced by "pit ponies" after the Mines Act of 1842 prevented children under the age of 10 and women from working as underground coal miners. The first cap lamps worn by minders used an oil wick. The open flame produced by these lamps were an obvious unsafe practice and were eventually replaced bonneted, carbide, and electric mine lamps. Coal mining has become a controversial topic but its history remains an important part of our collective story.

The Coal Miner was created using only three colors of acrylic paint, which gives the work a monochromatic theme of warm greys and creams. Overall, it has the feel of a tattered black and white photograph steeped in history. The long-limbed pinsetter and his shovel are crafted using hundreds of hand-torn bits of kraft paper collaged on top of watercolor paper and painted with an acrylic wash. This unique process brings the coal miner character to life. The technology which led to the job changing drastically, hydraulic mining tools, is depicted in the foreground. See an illustrated guide of my process here.

The Jobs of Yesteryear are thought-provoking conversation pieces that will bring an air of history and whimsy to any room.

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