4 Metals

4 Metals

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21st March - 5th April 2019

Come and join me for the launch of my new paintings at the Malthouse Gallery, The Town Mill, Lyme Regis, where I will be giving a talk about my work, my inspirations and my experimental techniques that I have been developing over the last few years.

Exhibition launch and talk: 6 p.m. Saturday 23 March.

The exhibition will be open daily on the above dates from 10.00am – 4.30pm. I hope you can come along to see my work. I look forward to seeing you.

I have always enjoyed the spectacle and variety of changing skies and how weather, along with the time of day and season, plays with the light. Every moment is unique in detail, yet has a consistency of weather repetition and character that we respond to with various emotions – joy, awe, fascination and even fear when in extreme weather.

Living on the Jurassic Coast, the sea gives reflections and an increased luminance, as well as an horizon that exposes the sky to its full potential, making a special visual experience.

As an artist, I want to capture the different moods that skies give, especially the translucence and colours of a low sun through clouds, and its play of light on the sea. My images are not intended to be exact records, like a photograph. My work gives an impression of the environment, intended to provoke contemplation and an emotional response.

Over the last few years I have been developing my own experimental techniques to do this. My work increasingly uses mixed media on metal sheets - typically copper, brass and aluminum. Some of my new work uses stainless steel; hence ‘Four Metals’ as my exhibition title. The metal sheets are heated and treated with various chemicals to produce different colours and textures as a foundation, before sprays and pastels are added.

Treating and exposing the base metal in different ways gives a distinctive quality to my paintings. These experimental techniques also have unpredictable and unforeseen results that can inspire the development of each image. I am pleased with the results of using stainless steel as a new base material and am looking forward to showing these at the exhibition.

I am constantly experimenting and refining my arts practice. So far, using metal has been the best mimic of sky luminance that I have found. It has been an exciting journey to explore. While the journey is by no means over, I am pleased with my progress and the paintings I will be showing at ‘Four Metals’.