Brian Sinfield Art Gallery
'Life in Motion'
The artist explains: “There is always something so magical about experiencing somewhere new; I am filled with the desire to respond to the energy and tranquillity of a place, to capture and distil an atmosphere if I can. I have travelled through India, Myanmar, and parts of South America. Throughout my journeys, I draw and paint, I photograph and collect avidly, creating sketchbooks which record multi facets of the countries visited. These books are then used to inform my work back in the studio at home. It gives me intense pleasure to be able to rekindle the emotions and sensations of these journeys.
Working in the studio I have the delicious freedom to explore colour harmonies, whilst searching to evoke the mood of that moment which has given me the initial inspiration. I hope, in this way, to create an image which both alludes to an experience of mine but that also, at some level, finds a resonance with the experience or imagination of the onlooker.”
Painting illustrated: Crossing the Shallows | oil on canvas | 60 x 50 cm
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In the 1980’s James spent ten years as a decorative painter creating the successful partnership Kerr & Erskine and clients included many of London’s best interior designers, the rich and famous.
Although not formally trained, this is where he learnt his craft, to understand the use of colour, paint & materials, and has painted ever since.
The artist explains: “I have over the years built an enviable reputation for gutsy abstracted work. To quote the illustrator and commentator Ralph Steadman: ‘The paint itself is also an object – it is subject to its own motivation, rules and dynamic which the artist must overcome, ignore or amplify’. This in so many ways express so much the ‘why and what’ I paint. An admirer of many of the great 20th century masters from Cezanne onwards. It is however from the British Schools that include William Scott, Paul Feiler, Patrick Heron and Roger Hilton that have had the greatest influence. More recently I have fallen under the spell of painter Nicolas de Staël, something which is becoming evident in my more recent work.”
James paints in oil on board, working occasionally from pencil sketches. His studio is based in Warwickshire.
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New work by Elaine Kazimierczuk
The artist explains her lock down campaign ‘Paint My Meadow’.
“I paint landscapes and one of my favourite subjects are wildflower meadows. When lockdown was announced in Spring 2020, I had to cancel all the trips I had planned. This was so disappointing as it coincided with peak flowering time and meant I was unable to make preparatory sketches and photos.
A friend came up with the clever idea of using social media with the hashtag #paintmymeadow, asking people to email me with photos of their local meadows. The response was astounding, and it enabled me to make a series of paintings of some of the most glorious meadows, most of which I had never heard of, and were too far away to have visited in person.
I began the series in the spring of lockdown and completed during the summer months. Despite the challenging times, the entire project has been a joy and I hope that comes across in my paintings.”
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