I paint landscapes of places visited, Sussex Downs, Rural France, Greek Islands - anywhere that is interesting and I also paint the imaginary world of my dreams - (I call it Oputia). And it's not just geography - this place has it's own culture, rituals and history. In a dream, real becomes surreal, mystical or mischievous or just plain weird - but it's an interesting exploration. So, with the application and manipulation of oil paint on canvas the painting comes to life and takes its own path. Sometimes that will trigger a memory or idea and point in a certain direction - one painting leads to another. Using 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.
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
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 - and then to arrange and re-arrange and make a drawing 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 on canvas 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
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 or thereabouts, the urge to study art reasserted itself so 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 and who occasionally exhibit together in South East Open Studios.
I exhibit in London and the South East of England, in various galleries and art fairs. Direct online sales of my paintings are handled by Artfinder.com
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 the Kompoz.com website - fantastic serious fun with some extremely talented people.