Mediums. Distemper, emulsion, vinyl, acrylic
I’m inspired by the ever-changing seas, half-tone mists, pre-dawn light and moody
clouds that are embedded in my memory from a lifetime of sailing coupled with
years of aerial photography surveying landscapes from contrasting perspectives.
I was brought up in the film industry and put to work in the art department during the
70's at Shepperton Studios, London. Some 15 years ago, I was given these rare
vintage powder pigments; a gift that set me on the road of fine art and so the client is now my pigments and memories.
Like watercolour painting the process is about the conversation. I make the first move,
observe the pigment’s reaction, then respond, and so the work evolves. The steps
become autotelic, extending from the subconscious and beyond technique.
I formulate the paint from pure powder pigments, some of which are extremely rare
and date back to the 1870's to 1960's. In Emergence, these pigments help create the
experience of illusory shifting moods.
The canvas is repurposed from 1960s theatre backdrops. The fine herringbone
weave and aged distemper paint form the initial undertone and patina causing
it to behave differently from its sterile modern equivalent.
Represented by Exhibitions Gallery, Wellington, New Zealand
I would like to thank Sir Graham Sydney for his kind words.
'It is not necessary to understand in order to create, but it is necessary to create in order to understand."
Cecil Collins 1974