ABOUT 31 ART
Meet the artists
This year I've returned to printmaking. I've shown some relief prints at an Open House before, but this year have introduced etching, drypoint and monotypes.
The images are complimentary to poems that I have recently written and am displaying for the first time.
I yearn to experience again the delight of when I first moved to Brighton. Things like, revelling in the cries of seagulls and their antics. Watching people going about enjoying Brighton Seafront. When I draw and paint I feel I get this back, as I gaze at what I’m trying to depict on paper. My Dad tells me that Brighton has been the inspiration for such seaside resorts as Cannes, Nice and Rio de Janeiro. They are all apparently modelled on Brighton in having fine houses looking out at the sea. There is enough here to keep me painting for a long time!
Time to step back and review my paintings; to see the common themes; to continue my attempts to be more instinctive; and then to get paint on the canvas rather than thinking about getting paint on the canvas. Landscapes are my thing: real and imagined, drawn, scraped and splattered.
I do not see myself as a photographer; for me photography has always been a tool, a means to an end. As for most people photographs punctuate my life, recording events, and at times conspicuous by their absence.
These photographs began as a project on an Adobe Generations imaging course I took part in last year. The images focus on shadow. Shadows are incidental. Most of the time we don’t really notice them. That is until we need to be in shadow or are trying to avoid them. Here the shadow is the focus of my interest.
I want to live painting and paint for living. I am happy when I think about colours, and bright colours make me smile instantly! I have produced a series of “still life” for this exhibition. This is an exciting and diverse exhibition with beautiful works and I really hope you enjoy it.