RECENT WORK


I have for many years been experimenting with different ways of painting that achieve a balance between making a beautiful ‘object’, in terms of texture and line, and creating an image of landscape. In between working on commissions, I have been experimenting with making small studies using acrylic, charcoal, pastel and pencil on coloured paper. A slightly strange combination of media although it will work well on expedition as it is light to carry and generally water is always available to mix with the acrylic. Oil paint is always beautiful but heavy to carry. Below are some examples of the work I have made, based on photographs and studies I made in 2015 while retracing Edward Whymper’s route across the Alps.

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


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.

Matterhorn, north side 2017

Gouache and charcoal on paper 20x30cm

Towards Bridport , Dorset 2015-2017

Oil on board 30x40cm

View from Murren 2015-2017

Gouache, waterclour and charcoal on paper 20x30cm

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

 

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Represented by John Mitchell Fine Paintings, 17 Avery Row, London W1, and Delahunty Fine Art, 21 Bruton Street, London W1               

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