The following few paintings are by Frank Bowling at the Tate exhibition.
As I stood and studied Bowling’s work in the Tate for me I thought of life. My Life and the artist life. The way the paint flow s, fast as the passing of time was going to quick ,when the paint is dripping slow this is calming and relaxing as with the colours used in each painting it gives me a different view point and different emotions.
Bowling work often has a chance element to it as explained here .
The four paintings above are mine and this shows the way I start the pour paintings. I start with the sides by staining with a diluted mixture of acrylic paint.
The above 5 contemporary artists exhibition I did not find very interesting as the painting were all of a regular size, and quite small I believe they were A4. Tomma Abts painting Zebe 2010. looked skillful but a dull and unemotional, this is looking at space and volume , but I personally do not see it.
Simon Ling is quite interesting with his landscape paintings as he is all about time and the material of paint. paints outside and in his studio where he uses his intuitive judgment to piece together his composition for his paintings.
Lucy McKenzie. A collaborative of craft and interior design and drawings. These were in the form visual documents pinned onto a broad.Did not understand and found it did not hold my attention.
Catherine Story, clever use of paint as the painting gave a 3D effect.
Gillian Carnegie. By far the most traditional.
3 May 2014. Visit to Tate Modern in London to see the the Matisse Cut Outs, unfortunately there was a 4 hour waiting list to get in, so I will go another day.
I did look at the work of Cy Twombly , there was one room with 3 very large pieces. these paintings had a cream background with wide brush strokes of red paint which was allowed to drip. These paintings were untitled., circa 2006-8.
Second year student Exhibition at the Hat Factory Luton 29 April-2 may 2014
Titled The Secret Seven
This was seven ladies putting on a exhibition in a large ground floor room at the Hat Factory.
There was an interesting mix of sculpture, painting, film. and photography from ladies of all ages . This alone I found encouraging, as being of a different generation myself , shows at age is no barrier to making art.
Exhibition at Luton Campus By Rachel Gannon.
Working in sketch books while attending a a month long art residency at London Luton Airport.
Looking how people move and use though space and documenting fleeting moments.
All the above artist have helped me in my research into colour .
A show I think everyone should see at the RA. Every kind of artist is there. Its where art really blows your mind. Where Frank Bowling OBE RA has his painting named “Innerspace”. This painting shows the complexity of pouring the paint , also the paint bleed that takes place across and to the side of the painting. At Tate Liverpool I studied the work of Jackson Pollock. His unique style of brush strokes and dripping influenced me to try his method. I was pleased with the end result. However I found this was one of the hardest painting to achieve a good outcome. I work in it, against it, went right and went wrong many times. I hated and I loved it many times until I felt I had a finished result. Then I had to do another one. It is an addictive method.