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Above Average Rainfall

Collection: Gray's School of Art Collection
Object Type: Painting
Artist/Maker: Henderson, David
Date: 2014
Awards: Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2014


Painted in response to the recent unprecedented periods of extreme weather, resulting in major flooding across Britain in 2014. The painting partially reveals passing time, never-ending days of rain and the statistical recording and analysis of rainfall.

It celebrates the altered landscape where sodden fields merge to form a new configuration with rainwater changing the normal lie of the land. A break in the clouds sheds light on the floodplain offering hope of better weather ahead.

‘This winter the UK has been affected very severely by an exceptional run of winter storms, culminating in serious coastal damage and widespread, persistent flooding. Although no individual storm can be regarded as exceptional, the clustering and persistence of the storms is highly unusual. December and January were exceptionally wet. For England and Wales this was one of, if not the most, exceptional periods of winter rainfall in at least 248 years.’

Met Office Report: The Recent Storms and Floods in the UK. February 2014

David Henderson studied Design and Craft (Printmaking) at Gray's School of Art and also achieved an MBA at Aberdeen Business School in 1999. He was awarded a George Davidson Travelling scholarship, a SAC Young Artist Bursary and was appointed as a professional member of the Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolours. He also won the RSW Council Award in 2006.

David held a number of senior posts within Gray's, including Deputy Head of School and Course Leader at both undergraduate and postgraduate levels. He was awarded the title of Teaching Fellow in 2002 by The Robert Gordon University. He is currently a painting tutor at Leith School of Art in Edinburgh.
Object Number: ABDRG2016.4