Thursday, 15 October 2015

No Studio, no work?

As I don't currently have a studio up in Glasgow it limits my options when it comes to making a mess, or as I like to call it painting. In regards to this I attempted to create some digital work based off the Mr. Painters series. I have also been developing some (hopefully amusing) animal designs which also feature in the paintings.


Mr. Painter at his Desk
Digital



Mr. Painter's Race
Digital



Mr. Painter's Mural
Digital


Saturday, 13 June 2015

Mr. Painters Degree Show


These paintings were completed over the final semester, since March. The aim of the body of work was to create a fun, light-hearted body of work to make people smile, while also developing the painting skill and communication of ideas through the artwork.

The exhibition space also contained the artist chair and overalls as well as a paint brush. This added to the humourous atmosphere while also adding contextual clues as to the origin of the paintings.



Mr. Painter's Degree Show
60 x 60cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas

 
 
Mr. Painter: Origins
60 x 60cm
Acrylic on Canvas



Mr. Painter's Dream
60 x 60cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas



Mr. Painter's Inspiration
60 x 60cm
Acrylic and Oil on Camvas



Mr. Painter's Palette
60 x 60cm
Acrylic and Oil on Canvas



Mr. Painter's Preparation
60 x 60cm
Acrylic on Canvas



Mr. Painter and Little Miss Sculptor
60 x 60cm
Acrylic, Oil and Pen on Canvas



Mr. Painter's Rest
60 x 60cm
Acrylic on canvas

Monday, 13 April 2015

Mr. Painter Cont.

These two paintings were completed last semester and submitted for assessment with the paintings within the previous post. They developed the series combining successful elements from the previous paintings. These two paintings depict the direction of my most recent paintings which will feature in my degree show, combining the use of straight edges and freehand, expressive painting. 

I invite everyone to come see the degree show as it will contain artwork by some great artists who are peers and friends of mine. 

Show dates : 6th - 14th June 10am - 5pm at Loughborough School of the Arts.




Mr. Painter Always Tries to be Tidy
60 x 60cm
Acrylic on Canvas



Mr. Painter Ran Out of Space
60 x 60cm
Acrylic on Canvas

Thursday, 1 January 2015

Mr. Painter: Origins

“Just what do you spend your time doing” is the first question I get when people find out what I study. The Mr. Painter series of paintings takes a light-hearted, comedic approach to explaining the studio practice of a painter. The paintings demonstrate the circumstances and decisions behind my studio practice with use of artistic license of course. The series matches the importance of humorous dialogue and content with the formal qualities of paint.

The dialogue is developed from the character "Mr. Painter" who I had previously created based off a culmination of my own identity as an artist, the idea of "the painter" as a stereotypical identity and Roger Hargreaves' Mr. Men. Although the paintings are executed in a subtractive abstract manner, it is possible to deduce the scene with help from the title.

Behind the comedic exterior the paintings examine a discourse of painting, exploring formal qualities of medium, techniques and painterly decisions and examining the place of painting within contemporary art. I have spent the term exploring painting through a series of studies, working with oil and acrylic to explore colour, composition and the limitations of the media in relation to the Mr. Painter series. Below are all the finished paintings from the series, ready for submission next week. However there are a few more uncompleted ones.



Mr. Painter Sitting in his Chair
60 x 60cm
Acrylic on Canvas


Mr. Painter Likes to Work Alone
60 x 60cm
Acrylic on Canvas


Mr. Painter Sometimes Re-uses Old Canvases
60 x 60cm
Oil and Pastel on Canvas


Mr. Painter Forgot his Brushes
60 x 60cm
Acrylic on Canvas


Mr. Painter Couldn't Resist a Good Flocking
60 x 60cm
Flock and Acrylic on Canvas





Sunday, 24 August 2014

Cyanotype Prints

My most current work uses a process called cyanotype printing which is a photographic printing process. It involves coating the surface, in my case canvas, with a mixture made of the chemicals ammonium iron(III) citrate and potassium ferricyanide. Combined this mixture is highly photosensitive and stains blue when exposed to UV light. I exposed the paintings to UV light with digital negatives from pictures of me working in the studio.

The paintings are based off colourful drawings i did of a character called "Mr. Painter" who is a creation mimicking the archetype of a painter combined with my own personal features to create an identity. These paintings comment on painting itself combining photographic process and painting to expand the boundaries of painting and comment on what identifies myself and also others as "painters."

These paintings, among a couple of others with be displayed in a charity exhibition in St Lawrence Church in Long Buckby on the 6th and 7th of September.



Artist in Study #2
120 x 120cm
Acrylic and Cyanotype on Canvas



Artist in Study #1
120 x 120cm
Acrylic and Cyanotype on Canvas



Artist at Work #1
120 x 120cm
Acrylic and Cyanotype on Canvas



Artist at Work #2
120 x 120cm
Acrylic and Cyanotype on Canvas