Precious Metal (Love Padlocks, Florence)
Precious Metal (Love Padlocks, Florence)

Love Padlocks on a bridge in Florence, Italy.

Acrylic on textured acrylic paper.
Image size: 37 x 27 cms.
Framed size: 60 x 51 cms.
Professionally framed in a dark wood frame

While visiting Florence, I became intrigued with these padlocks which were attached to lampposts, chains and window grids in the city.
This cluster had grown around a bicycle lock which someone had attached to one of the lampposts on a bridge over the river.
Couples had customised their padlocks, attached them to the cable and thrown away the keys.
To the passer-by, they appear to lie rusting and forgotten - but to the owners, they are 'precious metal'.

I was thrilled to have been awarded 'Highly Commended' for this painting when I entered it into an Artist of the Year competition with The Artist magazine. It's still one of my favourite paintings - and as it is built up in many layers of acrylic washes it's also one of the most time consuming too!

'Sunshine on a Palette'
Dorset Artist - inspired by nature and the beautiful wildflowers & coast of my home county
Oil & acrylic original paintings
All images © Andrea Hook

Selected for 'The Artist' Highly Commended Online Exhibition 2022
Double selection for 'ING Discerning Eye Exhibition 2020', Mall Galleries
Selected for 'The Artist' category of The Artist and Leisure Painter Magazines' Open Art Competition 2020
Selected for Artists & Illustrators Magazine's Artist of the Year, Mall Galleries Exhibition 2017
Winner of the New Forest Open Art 2015
Precious Metal (Love Padlocks, Florence)

Love Padlocks on a bridge in Florence, Italy.

Acrylic on textured acrylic paper.
Image size: 37 x 27 cms.
Framed size: 60 x 51 cms.
Professionally framed in a dark wood frame

While visiting Florence, I became intrigued with these padlocks which were attached to lampposts, chains and window grids in the city.
This cluster had grown around a bicycle lock which someone had attached to one of the lampposts on a bridge over the river.
Couples had customised their padlocks, attached them to the cable and thrown away the keys.
To the passer-by, they appear to lie rusting and forgotten - but to the owners, they are 'precious metal'.

I was thrilled to have been awarded 'Highly Commended' for this painting when I entered it into an Artist of the Year competition with The Artist magazine. It's still one of my favourite paintings - and as it is built up in many layers of acrylic washes it's also one of the most time consuming too!