RECENT WORK : ALPS AND SOUTH DOWNS


Although my paintings are on the whole narrative, I do spend the majority of my time trying to make a ‘beautiful’ object in terms of paint. Often I am more interested in the abstract qualities of a work. Richard Diebenkorn is a strong influence on me. Recently I have been experimenting with small studies using acrylic, charcoal, pastel and pencil on coloured paper. A slightly strange combination of media. It will work well on mountain expeditions as it is light to carry and water, to mix with the acrylic, is generally available. Oil paint is beautiful to use, but one has to carry turpentine, which is heavy. Below are some examples of the work I have made, based on studies and photographs from my 2015 Alps expedition.

Mont Blanc 2017

acrylic, charcoal, pastel and pencil on coloured paper on paper 20x30cm

Auctioned at the Royal College of Art in April 2017

Private collection

Mont Blanc 2017

acrylic, charcoal, pastel and pencil on coloured paper on paper 15x20cm

Matterhorn 2017

acrylic, charcoal, pastel and pencil on coloured paper on paper 20x30cm

SOUTH DOWNS

Almost two years ago I moved to East Sussex. I have finally managed to get myself out onto the beautiful South Downs to start making a few oil studies. It is warming to know that John Constable, one of my great inspirations, painted and lived in Brighton. While his sea paintings from Brighton beach are well known there are a few lovely landscapes and I have read he went to Devil’s Dyke where I made the oil studies shown below. There is also a painting I made in Dorset, a place where I find the most beautiful and ancient landscapes.

South Downs, evening 2 2017

oil on board 30x40cm

South Downs, evening 3 2017

oil on board 20x40cm

South Downs, evening 1 2017

oil on board 30x40cm

I’ve also been experimenting with gouache and waterclour to make studies of mountans. Below are a couple of my attempts.

Mer de Glace 2017

acrylic, charcoal, pastel and pencil on coloured paper on paper 20x30cm

South Downs, evening 5 2017

oil on canvas 90x90cm 30x40cm

James painting on the Mer de Glace

James climbing toward the summit of Blanc de Moming

Towards Bridport , Dorset 2015-2017

Oil on board 30x40cm

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Breithorn from Murren 2017

watercolour, gouache and charcoal on paper 20x30cm

Mont Blanc 2017 oil on board 40x50cm

Matterhorn, North Face 2017

gouache and charcoal on paper 20x30cm