Landscapes and Still Life
from a South London Artist
A collection of small oil paintings from studio still life to plein air studies, quiet and reflective works sharing intimate views of stillness amid the ever changing flux of life. Landscape paintings from streets and parks of South London, seemingly mundane yet with a shimmer of sunlight, a leaf fall from winds or the passing of thunderous rain cloud these moments of observation perhaps become capable of allegory and deeper meaning. Still Life studies of everyday fayre under the artists gaze can unveil a wonderous view of the material reality of life and its decline back to inert matter, a perennial minature tragic comedy in the corner of the studio.
“After Fine Art Degree I went and lived off grid in a wood then found myself in California where I lived for 5 years, I was sponsored to take part in the street drawing festivals I Madonari in Santa Barbara where I settled and began painting murals, ran a proto internet coffee shop “Open” ( 1996) and took part in an art studio situationist group in Santa Barbara called “ The Church of Passionate Forgiveness” 1996-98 Back In London 1998 I concentrated on large landscape murals, special effect Faux Finishes, still receiving comissions for this type of work. I prefer working on smaller, personal scale now and enjoy tutoring and running a Life drawing class in West Norwood and being a member of the Hesketh Hubbard Art Society ( Mall Galleries ) I am influenced by David Sawyer RBA a modern British Impressionist and am lucky enough to go Plein Air painting around London with him regularily as well as going on his summer courses to his studio in St Lizier ( Midi Pyrenees ) 1 Drawing and observational skills are very important in my work but a keen intertest in Philosopy, Theology and the physical nature of reality as seen through the Electrical Universe model stirs the mind and mood of the man behind the tools. “ - Richard Gray