I recently attended an exhibition that was showing my work alongside other artists, and I thought I’d pop on here the paintings from other artists that I was interested in.
Before I mention the rest, I was extremely lucky to be able to purchase this painting from the show myself, as I have seen it before and coveted it.
Fig 1. Stephenson, Norma. Malham Tarn. Oil on canvas.
Norma Stephenson is a British artist born up on the Scottish Borders. She is primarily known for her pastel work and is a member of The Pastel Society. I particularly love her use of colour and form above detail, and I love the abstract element to her work. Even though some of her paintings are bordering on abstract, she still uses great negative space within all of her work.
Fig 2. Bartlett, Sophie. Figure 1. Ink, Chalk and Collage. Nadia Waterfield Fine Art.
I was drawn (!!) to this drawing because of its likeness to the work of Matisse and Picasso, with the simple lines and the facial expression. The collage of blue paper around the head works well to add another element to the drawing, as do the rubbed out lines which almost create shadows on the work.
Fig 3. Roper, Keith. Southrey Riverbank. Pastel. Nadia Waterfield Fine Art.
Keith Roper’s use of pastel with big blocks of colour and abstract quality lend a really contemporary feeling to this drawing. Pastel used to be so dated, but there are so many contemporary artists who are shaking things up and using it in new ways. I haven’t seen this artist before and I loved his work.
Fig 4. Davies, Douglas. RSW. Rising Mists. Acrylic on paper. Nadia Waterfield Fine Art.
Fig 5. Detail from Rising Mists
This is a very poor quality photograph of this painting (worse then the rest) but it gives an idea. Again, quite an abstract take on a landscape, but you can still see it is based on a landscape. I love the colours and lines within this painting with the splash of yellow on the right hand side.
Fig 6, 7 & 8
Fig 6. Mankin, David. Shadowy Cliffs, Acrylic and Mixed media. Nadia Waterfield Fine Art.
Fig 7 & 8. Detail from Shadowy Cliffs.
This is a totally abstract painting that I am fascinated by. There are so many colours and lines in this work, and everywhere you look on the canvas is interesting. Every time you look at it you notice something different and within the abstraction there is so much depth. It still baffles me as to how artists can create this sort of work, being someone who at the moment only seems to be able to paint what I see. I always ask how does an artist see this level of abstraction? How do they get that onto the canvas in a coherent manner? I will be looking further into this artist’s work to see if I like other paintings too.