Willem De kooning

To pay homage and mark the day of Willem De kooning’s birth, today in 1904, here are two of my pieces from 2010/11 responding to his abstract expressive handling of figurative content and themes. On the nature of painting, De Kooning said “Every so often, a painter has to destroy painting. Cezanne did it, Picasso did it with Cubism. Then Pollock did it. He busted our idea of a picture all to hell. Then there could be new paintings again”

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Richard Diebenkorn

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To mark what would have been Richard Diebenkorns birthday today, here is a collaboration piece I recently completed with @tom_voyce in homage to him. On abstraction and painting Diebenkorn said; “All paintings start out of a mood, out of a relationship with things or people, out of a complete visual impression. To call this expression abstract seems to me often to confuse the issue. Abstract means literally to draw from or separate. In this sense every artist is abstract… a realistic or non-objective approach makes no difference. The result is what counts” Continue reading

Peter Lanyon

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In homage to Peter Lanyon on what would have been his 100th birthday. This is my piece from 2009 ‘Tanybwlch 1’ heavily influenced by his work. Referring to the theme of landscape in his work he said; “…these things take us into the places where our trial is with forces greater than ourselves, where skill and training and courage combine to make us transcend our ordinary lives.” Continue reading

Studio Diary: 12/10

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When embarking on painting again after a prolonged absence often the hardest thing is simply picking up a paint brush, and having just moved into my first dedicated studio for a number of years the feeling of intimidation was only compounded. My mind was taken immediately to Phillip Guston’s profoundly accurate quote, ‘studio ghosts’, and the daunting nature of being present in the studio; Continue reading