I paint landscapes in oils - places visited and places imagined. On this website there are three galleries, "Real" (Scenes from France, Sussex, Egypt, New Zealand, etc), "Unreal" and the imaginary world of Oputia, "Postcards From Oputia."
Postcard Fom Oputia Series
The paintings in my “Postcard From Oputia” series are in oils on board – using this robust surface makes it easier to scrape back layers of paint to edit and amend, allowing semi - random combinations of tone, colour and line to suggest new and sometimes surprising directions. These paintings are an exploration of a Utopian imaginary world, not only the scenery but an investigation of the culture, mores and sometimes whimsical notions of the Oputians. The default title of “Postcard From Oputia: xxxx” gives me the freedom to explore every aspect of the imagined; by turns surreal, disingenuous, naive or comic, but rooted in classic techniques and vocabularies of landscape painting, referencing themes of exploration and illustration from the past
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I will be exhibitinging new work at The Benenden Art Show in Kent on the weekend of 6th/7th April 2019. For more information see www.griersongalleries.com
The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition
Fulham Palace Art Fair
The September Art Exhibition
Pure Arts Group
Avery Contemporary Art
Society Graphic Fine Art
Llewellyn Alexander Gallery
The Spa Gallery, Tunbridge Wells
South East Open Studios
Kaleidoscope Gallery, Sevenoaks
Cranbrook Art Exhibition
Saffron Gallery, Battle
Prelude, Spitalfields, London
Tunbridge Wells Art Gallery
Canterbury Art Festival
Maidstone County Gallery
Hertfordshire Art Fair
Prizewinner at Chatham Historic Dockyard Trust Exhibition
Selected for "artist magazine" national show, Patchings, Nottinghamshire
Paintings featured in:
"Oil Painting Workshop" by Aggy Boshoff, published by Dorling Kindersley.
The plan was to go to art school but I got diverted and spent 20 odd years playing the drums and keyboards in jazz and rock bands, touring, recording, writing. I played in the UK, Europe and around the world. I recorded an album with jazz/rock group Catapilla, wrote songs and produced and recorded music.
In 1989 I bought a big box of chalk pastels and enrolled in a life drawing class tutored by Laurie Rabson who had been at The RA Schools and was a tutor at Croydon College of Art. Laurie was a very skilled artist and an inspirational teacher - after he retired from formal teaching I continued to study with him privately and learnt much from his approach and way of seeing.
I continued with life studies for many years and continually rehearse my drawing skills, particularly with The Chapel Artist Group - a loose association of artists who meet on a weekly basis to practice painting and drawing.
I exhibit in London and the South East of England, in various galleries and art fairs. Please contact me via the contact form with any enquiries about sales or commissions, or click here to go directly to my Artfinder shop.
The starting point for a painting could be a temporary collage of cut-up sections of old paintings; I have a library of coloured and textured pieces to play with - these are arranged and re-arranged and a drawing is made of the result.
Or, a small 3-dimensional tableau is assembled in the studio - a miniature landscape of model figures, plants, shells and found objects. Sometimes a painting is started directly from this inspiration - oil paint applied in bold impasto with the palette knife or maybe the approach is more tentative with drawings and watercolours to explore the idea. With the application and manipulation of oil paint the painting comes to life and takes its own path. Sometimes that will trigger another memory or idea and point in a certain direction - one painting leads to another.
My training and studies in the classic techniques and vocabularies of landscape painting helps me to render the imaginary real, using pattern, rhythm, tone and colour applied in a traditional way but serving to reveal a new fantastic reality.
A Strange Story
I had a very vivid dream - so vivid that I had to paint it - to attempt to capture the drama and emotion of the scene. I've never felt that compulsion to paint something before or since. The dream featured an airplane flying near skyscrapers in New York with people in the foreground looking on in horror. I gave it the title "New York Nightmare."
I make no claims for the artistic merit of this painting, my style has evolved, I've moved on, but I 'm displaying it here as an intriguing curiosity.
This painting was made in 1999. On the day of 9-11 I removed it from my website, it was just too spooky.
I am still writing and recording music - now with friends from around the world via online collaborations.