Winter 2014 Newsletter
Why do I do it?
A fellow artist, and good friend, asked me why I include images of iconic art in my new paintings. Was it merely to surprise or shock? Another friend asked, “Why choose East Sussex, East Sussex isn’t dramatic, is it?I thought I would share my answers with you.
|Guardian at Pevensey Castle|
I paint the East Sussex landscape because that’s the countryside I discovered as a child. It was the only rural part of England that was familiar to me. It was the countryside we passed through by train or by coach if we were going for a day at the seaside.
|Pen and ink drawing of Pevensey Castle|
My memories shape me and the art I make. They take me back to the junior department at art school when I was introduced to the works of the world’s great artists, the iconic paintings and sculptures in London’s museums and galleries. I include images of the art I remember because that says something about my past and something about the present time.
These landscape paintings of mine are memories of a place, when I was there as a child, or on a more recent visit.
I live in the 21st Century where different images fight to be noticed and constantly interrupt my gaze. I want to express that experience in my painting.
The accurate depiction of the scene isn’t important to me. A photograph is an accurate depiction, so why paint it? I want my paintings to do more than a photograph can do.
There is something else I want to do through the medium of these landscapes. By deliberately painting a frame around the painting, and then painting the iconic images partially outside the expected area of the painting and onto the frame, I hope to make the viewer question their perception. To ask, “Is the thing we call ‘realism’, which is nothing more than an illusion of the three-dimensional world on a two-dimensional surface, merely technique, and should it be the artist’s concern in the 21st Century, when computer animation can do it so much better?”
|Fifer at Pevensey Castle. (oil painting in progress)|