fl. 1938 - 1947
At the Lock

Oil on canvas, signed and dated ’66’ lower left
Image size: 13 x 35 3/4 inches (33 x 91 cm)
Original frame


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Here, the physical forms that make up the water lock and canal boats have been reduced to their simplest shapes. With the angular artistic choice, combined with the use of bold block colour, it is clear that the artist was somewhat influenced by Vorticism (which was essentially England’s answer to the Italian Futurism). Certainly, helped by its elongated landscape composition, this painting effectively conveys the idea of dynamism, energy and movement that is found on a working water way.



William L Woods

Woods was a painter, illustrator and teacher, born in 1916 in Norwich. He studied art at Lowestoft School of Art (1937-8), then Hornsey School of Art with J C Moody for two periods: 1938-9 and 1946-7. He did book illustrations and showed at the Royal Academy, the Royal Watercolour Society and the Royal Institute of Oil Painters as well as in the provinces. He taught for a time at Berkhamsted School, then for Buckinghamshire Education Committe. He lived in Hemel Hempstead in Hertfordshire.