Artwork for Lois Hopwood
Cyclamens graphite and oil on gesso
Abstract colour study oil on board
Still life with a bee ink on paper 25 x 30cm
Black field barn oil on panel detail 100 x 66 cm
Print of The Summer of 76 detail aprox 50 x 111cm
I paint landscapes at scale that are often semi abstract and have a sense of place rather than depicting a view. I spent so much time walking this year that my paintings reflect that movement through the landscape . However when I make my landscape sketches into very large drawings 8 x 4' , then you could call them almost map like. I project the sketches and re draw them in pen and ink . I use gesso to white out the fields leaving the hedge rows unpainted and to yellow with UV before arresting time and coating the whole surface in an acrylic glaze.
My film clips are usually something that has caught my eye, a reflection of light on water moving on a wall is one of my favourites.
After studying Fine Art as a student in 1986, I spent 20 years going out to work and had many interesting jobs along the way . But being an artist means 'getting it', being whole, everything working together. And exhibiting work is an important driver.
I love having part of my life that is self determined and driven.
I am an Artist, I often paint landscapes , I love to draw with pen and ink and occasionally I make short films, so short that they are really film clips.
I find that materials take my work in new directions and research too.
I had a lot of fun during the first lockdown making a series of short art films for the Presteigne Festival and now I am about to do something similar for the Oriel Davies.
The films are a how to, a way into making something at home in a relatively short amount of time . The Zoom workshops will be a new thing for me.
In normal times I usually have a student or two per year to help expand their A' Level portfolios and fit in with their timetables usually at the weekends. And I would welcome individuals or small groups at the studios in the summer. I like to work with an inspirational painter in mind, one of my favourite would be to be a bit like Bonnard . I think that looking at another artist is a fast track to improving your painting.
My own creative practice begins with taking a cup of coffee and some music into the studio. I do series of pen and ink drawings on a long roll of lining paper , usually drawing a still life for up an hour until I have built up a level of concentration. I have consciously moved back to oil paint after years of using the wonderful acrylics and have a series of canvases and panels to work on. Having canvas paper and panels prepared is important as is moving one piece through a series of different materials.
I have a degree in Fine Art from The University of Newcastle Upon Tyne 1986 and an MA in Screen Design ( Production design) from the National Film and television School (RCA)2002 . I worked in Textile Conservation at Hampton Court Palace , interior design and Film set design. In 2009 I was AA2A artist in residence at HCA and in 2010 won the ING Drawing Prize at the Mall Galleries
My job as Exhibitions Officer at the Oriel Bleddfa keeps me quite busy especially during installation week , working with my partner the Potter Tony Hall.
2020 The Table at Hay and Made in Knucklas Open Studios
2019 Oriel Bleddfa and The Sidney Nolan Trust
2018 The Table at Hay and Canwood
Knighton Fine Art
The Table at Hay
Fiveways on line