Contemporary Landscape Painting: Recognising and overcoming self-delusion
Oil paint and cold wax is a seductive combination and it is easy to convince yourself that you have created a magical and wonderful painting. The emotion and feelings are genuine but often fail to reflect the reality. I guess all my paintings follow a similar psychological trajectory, the well-travelled journey from anticipation to elation to disillusionment.
Leaving the studio, absolutely certain I have created a work of compelling aesthetic significance, I return in the morning to see the opposite truth.....it simply doesn't work.
I guess this is a lesson in life. We need to tell ourselves that there will be a series of peaks - and troughs - before the summit is reached.......in terms of painting, we should perhaps be grateful that the summit may forever be beyond our reach.
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I am a British artist based in Ely, Cambridgeshire and my work is sought by collectors here in the UK and worldwide. I have exhibited recently at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair, The Babylon Gallery in Ely, The Art in East Anglia Gallery, in Bury St Edmunds, The Darryl Nantais Gallery in Linton, The Michael House Centre and The Locker cafe in Cambridge. I also have collections of my artwork in prestigious office settings in major towns and cities throughout the country.
I work in mixed media, oil, cold wax, acrylic, bitumen and on both medium and large-scale canvases. My techniques involve a range of techniques and processes including, drawing, painting, collage, printing and mixed media applications. My main subject matter is landscape and abstraction and many of my paintings are located somewhere between figurative and non-figurative approaches to image-making.
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