A WORLD OF COLOUR
Colourful Acrylic Paintings
Just have a look at some of the different sorts of subjects I like to paint.
Story Pictures and Social Issues
This is an ongoing Northern Fringe Gallery project I am involved in – A History of the World in 100 Objects. It’s based on Neil McGregor’s book about 100 exhibits from the British Museum.
This painting illustrates the story of how the secret of making silk was smuggled out of China as depicted on a wooden story board which is kept in the museum in London .The princess hid the silkworms in her headdress and took them out of the country and from there I show the ‘silk road ‘ stretching all the way to the Manningham Mill in Bradford . At it’s heyday, it was the largest silk mill in Europe
This is my tribute to Hokusai’s ‘Great Wave ‘ masterpiece which is in the British Museum. I have set the scene on a local reservoir where I and my family used to walk when I was a child. We would often watch the fishermen, totally oblivious to everything except the fish. This is also part of the 100 Objects project.
In the British Museum there is a clay tablet describing a catastrophic flood which pre-dates the Bible. I re-imagined the scene in my home town in the present day, highlighting my concerns about climate change. This is the third painting in the 100 Objects project.
Abstract Compositions in Acrylic
This was painted following a set of instructions dictating all the colours and some of the shapes to be included. Despite this, I found it quite easy to be creative and I was pleasantly surprised by the end result.
On a cold, dull day I started to paint quite instinctively, in contrast to the previous painting. I think this might be called Abstract Expressionism . I seem to have chosen really bright,glowing colours and it really cheered me up. Everyone has said it makes them feel happy and then they smile !
The inspiration for this painting just came into my head one day – a neon pink spiral on a rich dark blue background. This hardly ever happens to me – not for an abstract anyway. I really enjoyed the experience and I seem to have opened up that part of my creative brain now. So, who knows what I will paint next ?
The inspiration for this came to me after a particularly cold and snowy winter. It started off as an abstract composition and then I realised I had painted some landscape elements such as a river, a tree and some rocks. I was also thinking of an exhibition I had just seen at the Hepworth Gallery – a light installation where you could walk through the beams of light. So I added a figure in silhouette.
This started off life as one of six sections of a larger abstract which was painted quite intuitively then cut up. I worked into it and exaggerated some of the shapes but it looks largely as it did originally. I like the movement of it and the contrast of the red stripe .
In this piece I wanted to show the movement of waves as they break on the shore and the patterns in the surf . After that , I realized the shape of a figure surfing had emerged. The title is a humorous nod to the phenomenon of the popularity of the internet amongst the older generation.
I did a quick watercolour sketch of this pose at Life Drawing group and then I tried do a semi-abstract version of the model .This one is the third painting in the series , done at the class and then finished off later. I think I was also exploring the terrible plight of women who are trafficked and forced into the sex trade.
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