'Twenty years from now you will be more disappointed by the things you didn't do than by the ones you did do. So throw off the bowlines. Sail away from the safe harbor. Catch the trade winds in your sails. Explore. Dream. Discover.'
This exhibition records Johnny Morant's journey across the Mediterranean Sea with his partner Julia. The couple made a five-month voyage on their yacht Bumblebee, becoming expert sailors as they travelled around the Greek, Spanish and Italian islands. The project has grown out of Morant's longstanding love of travel, water and boats. 'I'm deeply interested in boats because they're so accidentally beautiful. A perfect shape based on function.'
During the voyage, the outlines of an exhibition began to form. Morant says, 'I sailed with my painting equipment and made small oil paintings and sketches along the way, in preparation for the larger studio-based work that would follow upon our return.' The finished works are alive with glancing light bouncing off the water and the vibrant colours of Southern Europe.