I’ve been working on this for 4 sittings spread over 7 days, which doesn’t seem that long really! I’m kind of struggling to know what to do with it next. It turns out not spacially orienting myself in the world of the painting before I start putting colour down leads down a winding, unclear, frustrating […]Read more "A painting in progress"
I don’t think I’ve ever painted using a square surface before, and never for a plein air painting. I decided to use a tiny square board for a study quite randomly, and the results are interesting. As soon as I started painting in the spot I had picked, my focus was on describing visceral and […]Read more "Painting a square study"
I’ve done two small plein airs in my family’s garden, a place which I have intense memories in. I would spend 2 weeks here every summer as a child and then one week around christmas/new year. So although I haven’t spent lots and lots of time here, I have strong memories of those holidays; saturated […]Read more "Two new plein air paintings in a memory filled garden"
If I look at the landscape paintings I am doing, there are ‘subplots’ happening which the width of the painting allows for. Subplot means ‘a subordinate plot in a play, novel or similar work’. When discussing a painting I think the word can be applied. In this context subplots are narratives, things going on – […]Read more "Subplots and animacy within a new painting"
How can a painting be attached / detached from place? place | pleɪs | noun 1 a particular position, point, or area in space; a location…2 a portion of space designated or available for or being used by someone: they hurried to their places at the table | Jackie had saved her a place. • a vacancy or available position… • the role played by or importance attached to someone or something in a particular context: the place of computers in improving office efficiency.…3 a position in a sequence or series, typically one ordered on the basis of merit: his score left him in ninth place. Apple Dictionary I feel this […]Read more "New painting"
Don’t mind the Gap is a monthly podcast for the kind of conversations that fill a shared studio space, because we believe that sharing ideas fuels creativity. I co-run an artist collective with artist Nuria Rovira called The GAP Studio and in this podcast we dive into the space between our distinct art mediums. Expect […]Read more "I’ve got a podcast!"
https://www.christinaquarles.com/Paintings-1 Naked bodies that dance in and out of planes. Figures that sprawl and writhe under the loose eroticism of the body, undulating with sexuality and the grotesque. This is the body-pounding impression of the paintings and drawings by Christina Quarles. Each painting by the American born, Los Angeles based artist contains a tangle of […]Read more "Impressions of the paintings by Christina Quarles"
A really interesting outdoor instillation series. The neon phrases positioned in the Sussex landscape are powerful yet nuanced; “They challenge us to look again at the world around us and – ultimately – at ourselves.” The neon signs cast a narrative over the landscape. They direct the viewers thoughts, they invite a deeper contemplation. There […]Read more "Nathan Coley: Tentative Words Change Everything"
It’s day 2 in the studio, and I’m a bit stumped on what to do. It’s 5.47pm (It doesn’t feel like it) and I’m wondering whether to start a new stretched smallish canvas or not. I spent some time preparing a digital design and then sketch for a painting back in London, of a run […]Read more "Day 2"
For the next couple of weeks I will be staying in Devon to have some focused time to make work. I have a little shed-studio here, and will be making work alongside exploring the area and talking with family about the family history of the village. I’m so excited to have a space allocated to […]Read more "Starting a residency in Devon"