There is something about using multiple images and poses in one portrait that I just adore! The pastel work by Jane Radstrom remind me of romantic double exposed photography. Focusing on the nuances and expression of body language Jane’s work shows a realistic portrayal of her girls. I like how she’s managed to capture a split second movement looking right into their soul…
Last year I featured my very first artist interview with the wonderful artist Malcolm Ryan, it was one of your favourite posts ever on Brogues In A Coffee Bar! After interviewing him about his beautiful work a friendship has blossomed and he has been kind enough to send me a sneak preview of some new work that he’s been working on… I just had to share!
Inspired by a recent trip to London Malcolm Ryan has captured the hustle and bustle of the city and yet manages to imbue a stillness to the scene, as if time has stopped in the most perfect moment. His work always give me shivers…
If you were an animal what would you be? I discovered Charlotte Caron’s artwork a while ago… She uses photography combined with acrylic painting to create these adorable animal characters. Everyone wears a mask in society and by painting animal faces over portrait’s Charlotte Caron shows just how entwined with those masks we become. The fox looks sneaky, the hawk is harsh, the deer seems gentle…
Can you guess what I am craving? The scrumptious art by American artist Will Cotton spans many disciplines from sculpture and painting to drawing. He creates surreal scenes from candy, cake and all things bad for your teeth. Will Cotton creates our desires, childhood memories and dreams. I just want to jump in to the scrummy cake towers.
Philip Harris’s work first confronts the viewer because of it’s scale, featured in REALITY: Modern and Contemporary Painting which I recently reviewed here, his work was in the first room of the exhibition and the large oil on linen painting ‘Arizona Bloom’ (2014) quite literally took my breath away…
Painted over the space of a decade ‘Arizona Bloom’ (above) is authoritative and stunningly detailed. It is as if Philip Harris has plonked him on the land and he doesn’t quite belong. The more you look at the man, the more grey and sandy landscape tints pink and red.
Philip Harris’s portraits are suspended in a dream like scene, the subjects are caught in a moment that is of great significance to the painter but the scene hides so many clues about what the encounter reveals. He leaves the viewer guessing. In ‘S.P. Behind A Glass Door’ (2001, below) a man appears trapped behind a glass door, the condensation from his breath forming on the glass. S.P, whoever that may be, addresses us directly and the multiple frames painted in the wide scene directs your eye straight to him. Is he the gardener? A builder? There is something that tells me he doesn’t belong in the prison he seems to be trapped in. What do you think?
See more of Philip Harris’s hyper real paintings on his website here.
Exploring the idea of escape, tranquility and nostalgia for lazy summer days and childhood, Samantha French’s underwater paintings are truly magical. They remind me of a photo once taken of my brother underwater at a Florida theme park, I love the colours in her work and having personally found water extremely difficult to paint, French has the light and reflections just right. Her work is fun, bright and bold. Original oil’s range from $8,000 upwards. However, you can also buy prints of selected pieces on her Etsy store – small size from $26 and limited edition large format (24″ x 31″) for £550… I want one!
Bec Winnel is an accomplished Australian illustrator and artist, her stunning portraiture combines the precision of a graphic artist with the emotiveness of a painter. She uses mixed media, from pastel, watercolour, coloured pencil and paper cuts to create soft, ethereal portraits of dream like women. She uses beautiful models to show us the romanticism and haunting feeling of femininity. Often with a pastel colour palette her girls are soft, hazy and hyperreal…
Her original pieces range from $300 (AUS Dollers) and you can also buy her prints from $40.
It doesn’t happen very often but I recently discovered an image that literally made me stop in my tracks and actually gave me a shiver. The painting was ‘Falling Snow At Night’ by Malcolm Ryan (see below). Having painted and been creative since childhood he lived around Cambridge (although now based in Wales) and regularly visits my area of the woods. Malcolm paints the everyday domestic scene beautifully, I was entranced by the incredible colour and use of light. His work is magical and evokes lost memories using scenes that so often pass us by. Maybe we should all take a leaf out of his book and just stop and look at the beauty of life. See what he has to say about his painting below…
What is your painting about? My paintings are I regard, an attempt to record life about me. I have chosen painting principally as I have always had the facility, and photography is less expressive.
What is it about the everyday experience that’s makes them special enough to paint? The everyday experience is special. In the sense that we live only in the moment and should be aware of the moment. Without launching into Buddhist philosophy, my take on painting is to try to paint a moment, something seemingly ordinary to us. Viewing a painting is a form of contemplation, holy yet ordinary and familiar at the same time. Hence my realist style to make the picture accessible to as many as possible. Carefully planned compositions and colouring is all important to create a sense stillness, but I must stop here.
Where do you exhibit/sell your work? At present I show my work regularly at the Royal Cambrian Academy at their galleries in Conwy in North Wales. My motives for painting are not really commercial, although I tried to support my family on my work years ago. I would like my work to be seen in public places, be part of the times we live in.
When & why did you start painting? I started painting as a small child, as we all do, but kept at it when others moved on. It was my only obvious skill right from infancy. Serious painting began in my early 20’s. I worked as an illustrator all of my working life, skilled, as a session musician might be, but obliged to do what was asked by any who paid me. Yet in tandem, in a separate world always engaged with my paintings.
Who are the people you paint? The people that I paint are family and friends generally. However, I look for the right person to fill the role needed in a painting, rather as a casting director would for an actor in a play. Sometimes I include someone now dead, if I have a photo or reference drawing of them. A wish to include them, as some sort of tribute to their memory – It helps to keep them here, those I loved and liked.
The light in your work is very romantic, do you paint from real life and/or photographs? I paint from life, from photos (especially details of dress, buildings and so on) and from the imagination. Most of my paintings are generated from seen places and people in the streets,then worked up into compositions which if taken further are done as full size drawings on greaseproof paper. Hardly ever is the setting how I imagine it ought to be. So much is invented, or made up from several sources to achieve the right result.
Tell me about yourself and your daily routine… I am 76. Now living on the coast of West Wales overlooking the sea. A great grandfather, sharing the house with four generations of us until this week, when our grand daughter and family moved out to live four miles away. My wife Maureen and I have the upper floors. I have an attic studio and a large collection of paintings; nearly all my own! I paint all of the time in theory but am interrupted by the tasks of daily life and duties to be done.
Who are your main artist influences? My constant admiration has been for the work of Piero della Francesca, Georges Seurat, George de la Tour. All painters of monumental work that I aspire too. A host of other influences would include Balthus, for making subject painting permissable in the late 1960s to me, when abstract painting seemed de rigueur. Manet and Renoir for the everyday subject of people, and Edward Hopper for his settings of urban life. So many others too.