Deluge is a collection of miniature drawings by Oxford-based artist Samuel Branton which imagines the bizarre, comical and confused moments that could happen during the aftermath of a great downpour. Influenced by the works of Claude Lorrain and Nicolas Poussin, color pencil drawings of newly paired and mystified inhabitants are set against idyllic, pastoral landscapes—monkeys tossing an elephant in the air; a horse awkwardly struggling to escape from an inflated pufferfish; and a baby elephant trying to carry a beached whale back to the water.
Before beginning a new series of drawings I like to form a loose narrative in my mind. Once I have an overarching idea, an environment and collection of characters, I find the scenes present themselves quite easily. Once I chose the animals for Deluge I could start pairing them all off. To me, many seemed to be natural partners. I’m interested in the viewer thinking about the events that may have taken place up to the scene they’re looking at, as well as the different ways it could continue. By not producing a concrete storyline, the viewer has the possibility of following on with their own. This may produce lots more drawings for the viewer to think about.