My daily encounter with artists makes me ask why they use the materials they do to create their work. What makes them decide and settle on their subject matter?
If I were to give 100 artists a few tubes of paint or a ball of clay there would be 100 unique ways to use the given materials. These different approaches show us how individual we all are.
All the artists in this exhibition, including myself, have and do work in many mediums.
Trained in mixed media, I first specialised in wood, then ceramics and, over the last 12 years, I developed my carved paintings, which are oil and gesso on board. These pieces are either abstract or more representative and often inspired by nature.
I have come to realise that we are never one thing and we can draw on our inspiration from many sources.
I have invited Laurence Wallace to join the exhibition. Laurence is the first watercolourist I have welcomed into my family of artists. As with all my artists, I am always looking for them to be using their chosen medium in unique and skilful ways. Laurence’s still life paintings blow me away, with his consummate control of watercolour.
In the case of Alice Sheppard Fidler, she has a background in textiles and has worked with set design for TV and magazines. I showcased her landscape paintings earlier this year and, having been taken by her still life paintings, I offered her a second exhibition. Alice’s still life paintings capture an everyday domestic moment. She usually uses large brush stokes of paint in a simple visual language which is far from simplistic.
Alice’s painting entitled 'Teacups' has been recently selected for the Royal West Society’s 165th Annual Open in Bristol.
Craig Underhill is renowned for his abstract vessels, which are hand built structural forms. Craig continually sketches and paints and this dedication is the strength of his practice and greatly informs and influences his ceramic work.
Californian artist Erin Burns employs many techniques to produce her original paintings. Her work involves delicately painting and marking the surface of a photograph taken from nature then mounted on aluminium and covered in multiple layers of viscous polymer resin and paint. The viewer appears to be looking through a translucent solid where textures, layers, and imagery converge.
This exhibition reveals five artist’s approach to their subject matter and processes.