'Target', Covadonga Valdés

Painting of a white caravan in a clearing in a wood with a red gas tank in front of it

Oil on aluminium, 75 x 100cm, 2006

Artist's statement

They arrived and settled in the Spa Gardens. Then I began to plan my painting with a dartboard in mind. In the process the large, red-orange gas bottle, that had landed in the gardens, with its primitive bomb shape, had to be off-centre. The black tree, a catapult protecting the caravan in a fort of vegetation, crossed the centre.

It’s sunny, but we are watching from the shade. Have we been watched watching?


Covadonga Valdés was born in Asturias, Spain in 1966. She studied at Chelsea College of Art London 1988-92 and the Slade School of Fine Art London 1992-94. Her various solo exhibitions include Recent Paintings Pump House Gallery London 1999 and Interiores y Objetos Council of Oviedo Spain 1996. Her more recent group shows include The Discerning Eye Mall Galleries London 2003, Hunting Art Prize Royal College of Art London 2005 and BP Portrait Award National Portrait Gallery London 2006. She was included in John Moores 23 in 2004.