Artist commissioned for royal gift

Marlborough College Malaysia commissioned artist Roland Prime to create the painting that was presented to HRH Raja Zarith Sofiah binti Almarhum Sultan Idris Shah, the Consort of the Sultan of Johor at the official opening of Marlborough College Malaysia. In an extract from a short interview with the artist, Roland talks through the process of producing the painting.

“It was a wonderful honour to be asked to create the painting, my first task was to decide how to portray the College and sketching the buildings from different angles led me to select a wide view that encompassed the school as a whole, enabling me to treat a landscape painting as more of a personal portrait. The view of the school resting upon a gentle hill and elevated above the surrounding countryside, was my starting point. As a result the College – an oasis of learning – became positioned in an open swathe of lush vegetation and I had to execute the painting in a wide landscape format to accommodate all the buildings. This perspective of the school enabled me to include the open sky, a key feature of our local landscape, striking a chord with my own memories of attending school under the changeable skies of the Fens in Cambridgeshire, England.

The architecture, placed in the bottom third of the canvas, further emphasises the spacious grounds of the College. The foreground reflects the Malaysian verdure and hints at the cricket pitch to come.”
Roland Prime

Roland Prime is married to Lucy Prime, Teacher of Art at Marlborough College Malaysia. The couple previously lived in Egypt for 8 years, where Roland exhibited and organised many exhibitions and inter-cultural events.

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