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



Sunday, 16 February 2014

First Paintings of a New Semester

Due to the unavailibility of the printing inks that I required, (ordered from the shop, but they hadn't arrived yet) I decided to paint some studies based on how different circle forms and compositions react to the square canvas they are placed within. I started out with a blue canvas in an attempt to relate to the cyanotype printing technique (monochrome blue), that I will be trying.

I created the painting specifically with different colours, depths and forms so I could view how these different element transfer through the digital negative process and on to the cyanotype printing process. I will use this as a base point to evaluate the success of various further prints as it will allow me to gauge how the process treats various elements within paintings, such as shadow, depth and the conversion of colour to monochrome.


While the first painting contains a simple form with cool colours with a large tonal difference, the second is designed with a larger variety of colours. This is so I can evaluate the success of simple designs versus chaotic designs after they are processed and printed. The third painting was focusing more on the use of warmer colours to see how these colours would transfer into the monochrome blue of the cyanotype print.



Circle Study #1
60 x 60cm
Acrylic, Emulsion and Pastel on Canvas



Circle Study #2
60 x 60 cm
Acrylic, Oil and Emulsion on Canvas



Circle Study #3
60 x 60cm
Acrylic and Emulsion on Canvas

Thursday, 21 November 2013

Studio Observation Paintings

The drawings, from which these paintings were inspired, were all completed sitting in the studio space. The compositions were constructed and altered by placing objects within the frame, such as: hanging canvas, paint-covered overalls and "the artists chair".

The intention of the paintings was to was to further explore the relationship between colour balance and composition. This took the form of initiating the painting process with carefully constructed grounds from various coloured household emulsion paints. This experimentation produced success to varying degrees, with the backgrounds with a higher tonal register (lighter colours) creating a better surface to build on top of.



Studio View #7
116 x 116cm
Oil, Acrylic and Emulsion on Canvas



Studio View #5
116 x 116cm
Oil, Acrylic and Emulsion on Canvas



Studio View #6
116 x 116cm
Oil, Acrylic and Emulsion on Canvas



Overalls with the Artist's Chair
116 x 116cm
Oil, Acrylic and Emulsion on Canvas