Mike Tyson, the world renowned art critic? 'Everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth'
THIS WEEK I am exhibiting artworks 5-8 May 2022 at Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London. I have free tickets, contact me if you would like a pair for any one of the art fair days starting tomorrow! Come and visit my artworks at stand i7, they will be exhibited with Linton59 along with other fantastic artists and across all of the fair!
Photography is a wonderful image-making process but it does have limitations, especially when it comes to conveying the texture and nuances of painting. One of the key elements in my work is the sheer weight and accumulation of paint on the surface of the canvas.
This heavy impasto of oil and cold wax is an essential component and part of my visual vocabulary, my voice as a painter. Conveying the visceral nature of oil paint, with a digital camera is a tall order, so here, I have deliberately used strong directional light and a macro lens to enhance the tactile qualities of the work. I hope they give you an indication and a clear sense of the physicality of my recent landscape paintings.
I am sometimes asked how I go about starting a painting? where do I get my ideas from, and what am I trying to achieve? I could tell you that I plan each composition using a series of plein-air sketches and that I work from these exploratory ideas back in my studio before transferring the final design to the canvas.
I could go on to say that I build each successive layer of oil and cold wax systematically, but this would be misleading. It isn't that I don't have a plan, of course I do, it would be impossible to start without some aim, a notion of where you might be heading.
However, any plan soon comes up against the harsh reality of paint applied to a flat surface and what this mundane configuration will allow you to do. To be honest, paint has a lot in common with my cat, it has a mind of its own and refuses to be coerced into any role or action it has no intention of carrying out. Mike Tyson was also clearly on to something when he famously said 'everyone has a plan until they get punched in the mouth'.
Paintings have a habit of 'punching you in the mouth'. I have pondered the conundrum posed by painting many times and yet I am still very far from finding a satisfactory answer to the age-old dichotomy between representation and abstraction.
There is a constant pull and push, a tug of war in both directions where the middle ground is littered with the debris of unfinished ideas and half glimpsed possibilities.
Take this Forest painting for example, the composition is deliberately awkward in its accommodation of modernism; you could ascribe elements of impressionism, fauvism and expressionism also to this work. The paint is applied in unseemly thick layers, often provisional, a tentative scouting operation, in disarray behind enemy lines. A welter of colour both obscures and reveals in equal measure, brief appearances are unceremoniously removed and just as inexplicably, reinstated.
A game of chance and necessity, as if pinning the tail on the donkey were a matter of life and death.
The composition is another battle ground; the vertical, rhythmic and regular nature of the trees has more to do with preserving the flatness of the picture plane than suggesting spatial depth and recession, but it is still a compromise, a kind of aesthetic fence-sitting. But I have noticed something else, something outside of my reoccupation with the conventions of seeing. The regimented line of trees is perhaps more than a pictorial device.
Considered from the perspective of symbolism you could be encouraged to see the trees as a continuous wall or make-shift barrier with hardly space for a body to pass through.
Extending the metaphor, they become upright prison bars, preventing entry and escape, separating us from the 'secret of things'. It has been said by many writers that 'Painting' is an irrational activity with no clear utilitarian value, but the interplay of line, tone, texture and colour makes silent demands on all of us, if we are prepared to allocate time and look beyond the immediacy of our initial sensations.
Thank you for reading my latest art blog post! Hope to see you at the affordable art fair this week! Find out more information below!
Upcoming Exhibitions and Art Fairs - 5-8 May
I will be exhibiting abstract landscape artwork inspired by the Fenlands in Britain at the Affordable Art Fair in Hampstead, London this May 5-8. I will be exhibiting with Linton 59 and Darryl Nantais Art Gallery is representing my artwork at Stand i7. I do hope you can be there and see my artworks up close.
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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.