Who are you?
I am a painter, originally from Lincolnshire, now living in Norfolk with my wife and three daughters.
Why this one?
It’s a good example of the pieces that I’ve been making over the last couple of years. The painting depicts a model plane that I built in the studio from scrap cardboard, wood, tape and string. The constructions are made with paintings in mind – but increasingly I am thinking of these as works in their own right. You can see more of them here on my very small blog!
Something about it:
It’s called ‘Hangar’ because it’s as much about the surrounding space as the form itself. The little struts and props support the plane and punctuate the space around it. I think of them as measuring marks made physical.
I feel at odds with technique. I feel like a naïve and an outsider for the most part – but here goes:
I work on primed MDF. I do a lot of scraping back and scratching out (wire wool) when I don’t like the brushstrokes.I do measure when observing the model, but will sometimes work against this and make intuitive changes. I sometimes re-make the 3D model if the painting isn’t working. I work mostly at night, under light bulbs.
Where is it now?
With the Beaux Arts gallery in Bath.
French Ultramarine Blue