Artwork for Silvia Pastore
Medlar tree, August9/10am
Medlar tree, August11/12am
Medlar tree, August 4/5pm
In the absence of St George
Apples trees in bloom
Memories of oast affections
Rapeseed field+Oak trees
My work is figurative. I paint landscapes, still-lives and paintings of imagination. I love painting the landscapes near my home. I establish a deeper connection with the views that I can observe in different weather conditions, changing seasons, various lights and moods. Still-lives arranged with familiar objects and flowers growing in the garden are also welcome as they offer new compositions and challenges . The paintings of imagination are inspired by thoughts and ideas that are relevant to me. For instance, the concept that started the sequence of paintings showing people wearing masks and costumes, playing, juggling and dancing has been inspired by a recurring notion in Shakespeare comedies and tragedies. I compare the image of the "poor player that struts and frets his hour upon the stage and then is heard no more" to the fragility of the sequence of parts that we play in our lives .
Being an artist is to me the most effective tool to search, find and nurture the best qualities I have in myself. Painting gives me the opportunity of expressing my quest for a deeper beauty and harmony in life and in human nature. This is an ongoing journey and each work I create is a reflection of my development and unfolding understanding of this reality.
I am a Painter. Creating pictures has been my favourite activity for over 40 years. This practice is for me a way to awaken and increase my awareness of the boundless harmony and beauty surrounding me. Each new painting is a reflection of new discoveries and a deeper understanding of myself and the world .
Once my choice of medium was oil paint on canvas or on gessoed wooden panels. Over the past few years I have been painting with watercolours and pastels on heavy watercolour paper. Every image I create starts with a drawing where I decide on the composition, balanced distribution of lights and darks, spaces between the objects,lines and format.
I have always been determined to focus my energy mainly on the development of my painting techniques and on refining my ability to see. After the Central School of Art and Design I spent one year practicing a more advanced relief-printing process. A workshop in 2001 lasting a few months about Renaissance painting practices where one learns to make oil paint grinding the pigments with walnut oil was a truly enriching experience. A few weeks course at the Florence Academy of Art in 2018 learning traditional painting techniques was equally intense and enlightening.
BA Education 1973 from Trieste University; Ba Fine Arts 1980 from The Central School of Art and Design, London;
Many One Person Exhibitions and Group Shows in the UK and abroad; Please see my website https://www.silviapastore.com for more detailed information.
The Artist magazine, September 2022, article about my painting from the imagination
2020 March - Virtual Exhibition- Creative Coverage
2021 Sept- Herefordshire h.Art ,Studio exhibition, Barnfield Farm, Pudleston
2022,May-July-one man- exhibition at the Assembly Rooms,Ludlow
Bridgeman Art Library