The practice of target shooting is one that engages
many people as a means to develop their skills of concentration through
physical and mental co-ordination. At one level, the literal level,
this picture depicts the exercise of skill that can, in a sense, be
compared with the skill of painting which also demands an acute sensitivity
of co-ordination between eye and hand.
At another level, however, the painting can be
viewed as expressing the relationship between the two men whom we recognize
as a father and his son. The image points to the sense of continuity
between generations in which the older man comes to realize his position
as a supportive figure, able to advise on the basis of his experience
but where the responsibility for action has been passed onto the skills
of the younger man, onto the next generation. Special thanks to David
Burnett for his insightful writings on the works of Alex Colville
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