Due to the family’s shipping business trawlers were a part of the artist’s life. The modern subject is represented here in a modern form. Yet not in the mechanical manner of pure geometry which the subject otherwise might suggest.
Nor do we see a bridge, winches and radar. Indeed we are able to glimpse a horizon below a red sky and maybe a few silhouetted figures. But the rest is total absence of anything recognisable. Firstly, the work is about the painting itself, the dramatic colours and the sensuous power of the brushstrokes.
The painting does however represent the deck of a trawler in the sense that it is a scene of constant toil, powerful forces of nature, dark days and dangerous work.