2020-2021 Current work

Galleries:  works produced in 2020-2021

These are paintings are based on landscapes I’ve been walking through during lockdown and the pandemic of 2020-2021. The paintings use landscape  as a way of  working with the displacement of pictorial space; the push and pull off the surface as well as the  illusionistic,  perspectival  and aerial spatial aspects of colour. There is a sense of flux and uncertainty as part of the processes of looking, recording and translating into paint. There is some relation to various artists who have used a gridding system such as Coldstream but also to many others artists, including Cezanne,  most obviously in the use of the motif of trees and the relationship to buildings to the structuring of the paintings.

The beginning of the ArtOne series.

Watercolour sketches and some etchings featuring the artOne building at University of Chichester which I used to run.

When I retired the management chucked fine art out of the building to convert it into a centre for nursing and health care studies. (who would have guessed?) 2021 was the end of a significant site of art education in the uk and fine art was moved ingloriously to the university site in Bognor Regis (a town not know for its art world credentials!) The staff are managing to create a silk purse out of piggy ears (as befits contemporary installations(!)and keep the visual ‘visible’ whilst the Nursing degree bandages the finances and warms the beds in Chichester…

These works are the beginning of a series that will use the building as a motif. The modularity of the shed construction is just right for some vertical and horizontal investigations!

Here is a series of still-life paintings using the  approach of sight-size measurements. There is a  gradual displacement of the measured elements the table, the flowers etc into a more block-like abstraction. This approach goes all the way back to Burnley School of Art where measured drawing was a significant disciple in observational drawing.

Photographs: On-going 2020-2022

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