Sunday, 13 August 2017

Towards abstraction

I may have mentioned before that I went to art school in Cornwall where I was surrounded by, and influenced by, the work of Peter Lanyon, Patrick Heron, Roger Hilton and others who were working in St Ives at the time. Inevitably my own work evolved in an abstract or non-figurative manner. Another huge influence was Nicholas de Stael, in my view one of the most under rated painters of the 20th century, whose work I saw on a trip to Paris.

Whether the work was good or not was for others to judge. All I know is that not enough of it sold to bring in any sort of income so I used to spend time sitting on the harbour in Mevagissey painting small canvasses and selling them to passing tourists. As time passed, so my work drifted increasingly and inevitably towards realism (and eventually to soft pastel as “my” medium, but that’s another story) and I built a reasonable reputation in the UK and Europe as well as in the USA.

I am now at the time of my life where I don’t necessarily have to sell paintings to live and I have decided I can start moving forward towards increased levels of abstraction in my work, or perhaps it’s backward towards my roots. Whatever, I’m enjoying the journey and delighting in studying some of the many contemporary abstract painters around such as Irma Cerese and Sandy Ostreau. I’m also loving the work of Fred Ingrams who paints the Cambridgeshire fens in an incredibly powerful, semi abstract manner.


Anyway, here’s a  realistic abstract piece produced in the last month that I ‘d like to share with you. 

Field track
8" x 8"
Acrylic on paper
Your comments, critique, opinion - all will be welcome.

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