Plein air at Horseshoe pass, Llangollen

I’ve been eager to test out my new self-made plein air watercolour rig, and today I got the chance. Sunshine (between clouds) and low breeze meant that I could head out to Horseshoe pass in Llangollen. I parked up at Ponderosa cafe and then headed up the hill. After a steady post-flu trudge to the top I was rewarded with fantastic 360 degree views, with distant snow capped peaks of Snowdonia to the West shining in the sun light. I set up my new custom made rig and got started painting, I have to say I am pretty pleased with…

Slappy grind

Slappy grind 1-5. The notion of a painting abstractions of landscape can operate around a variety of parameters as defined by the artist. These paintings are based on the premise of a skateboarders interaction with the terrain, not in a linear literal sense, but from the viewpoint of trying interpret the complex multifaceted expression of movement, response, sensation, etc.

Curating the exhibition ASPECT/essence

Whilst it is quite stressful putting together a collection of work for an exhibition, it is immensely rewarding to see your ideas displayed as a cohesive body of work. The stressful aspect comes through a range of different questions which you ask yourself; How will my work be received? Will I be able to present my work in a suitable way to convey my ideas to the viewer? Do I have enough work? Will people get it? Etc… When you begin critically selecting which paintings you wish to exhibit, particularly if you are trying to maintain a recurrent theme or…

ASPECT/essence.

ASPECT/essence. A collection of work by Matthew Corker ‘In my contemporary landscape work I aim to simplify and abstract natural surroundings in order to create a mise-en-scène exposing the essence of the terrain and conveying the sensibility to be found in our surroundings. I approach the subject with a painterly meets graphic approach; through the use of playful colour, fusing lively brushwork with areas of controlled layering, to suggest a radiant and alternative representation of landscape painting. Whilst the subject matter of landscape is the starting point for my paintings, I try to strip back the elements in my images…

Mark Willcox. Inspiration and influences.

On the evening of August 2nd 2018 I attended a presentation by photographic artist Mark Willcox at ABDA in Northwich. Throughout the talk entitled Inspiration and influences Willcox elucidates with a clarity and self-awareness which is only found in a true practitioner. I will attempt to set out the main points of the talk chronological as they were delivered. Willcox began as most people would, with a brief personal introduction without venturing into extraneous detail. He did however talk about his own visual impairment and how this had been formative in his understanding of vision and perception. Touching on (the…