Artwork for Stuart Roper
Path by the river Wye
Study for pine forest
path through Knucklas
Knucklas in the snow
Snowy Morning over the Teme Valley
“Stuart sees the play of light as if refracted through a prism. He builds his compositions through gestural marks working in much the same way as the Impressionists, creating compositions that dance on the canvas.” Jenny Blyth Fine Art
This description describes my work better than I can, in short I paint whatever brings me joy.
I have always made my living by drawing, designing and painting so I consider myself lucky to have spent my life creating images and I can't imagine doing anything else! Everybody’s view of the world around them varies and to be able to express my own vision is very energising. Since moving to the Welsh Marches two years ago I have been delighting in painting the glorious light and rugged scenery of the area.
I am primarily a landscape painter, though my practice includes illustration and teaching.
In addition to my main practice of landscape painting I also teach workshops based on the theme of 'light in the landscape', these are generally for art societies and established adult education venues.
After leaving school in Kirkcaldy in Fife in the early 70's I studied design and illustration in Aberdeen. On leaving college I worked as an illustrator and my first collaborative exhibition was as part of the contemporary Young Scottish Artists in Edinburgh in 1979, and have exhibited my work in a number of joint and solo shows ever since both in the UK and Europe. My work as an illustrator and designer has influenced my work as a painter in many ways in particular my sense of perspective and composition, though the freedom of painting for myself is a welcome counterpoint to the constraints of creating commercial artwork.
Over the past three years I have had a number of solo and joint exhibitions including: Vale and Downland Museum (Wantage) Oxford Art society, Art Cafe (Oxfordshire) White Horse Bookshop Gallery (Marlbough), H-Art, Marches Makers (Kington) and at the Ludlow Brewery. I am due to exhibit this summer at The Bleddfa Centre though, this is in question due to the pandemic.