“Atmosphere IV” an original oil on canvas
Measuring width 23.5 x height 23.5 x depth 1.5 inches or 60 x 60 cm x 4 cm. Unframed. Ready to hang. Comes with a certificate of authenticity
“Atmosphere IV” is inspired by the wide open skies around my home in Teignmouth and on nearby Dartmoor. Also childhood memories of lying back on a grassy bank and watching the clouds go by on a summers day. This forms part of a new series of paintings looking at the skies and cloud formations.
As an art ambassador for the English Riviera UNESCO global geopark part of my practise is to walk along the coastal paths that run throughout the park. The views are constantly changing and give me a great source of colour and textural reference material.
Types of Clouds
Although there are over 10 types of clouds, I have focussed on just 2 in this painting. Nimbostratus clouds cover the sky in a dark gray layer. They can extend from the low and middle layers of the atmosphere and are thick enough to blot out the sun.Cumulonimbus clouds are one of the few clouds that span the low, middle, and high layers. They resemble the cumulus clouds from which they grow; except they rise into towers with bulging upper portions that look like cauliflower. Cumulonimbus cloud tops are usually always flattened in the shape of an anvil or plume. Their bottoms are often hazy and dark.Cumulonimbus clouds are thunderstorm clouds, so if you see one you can be sure there’s a nearby threat of severe weather (short but heavy periods of rainfall, hail, and possibly even tornadoes).
I work with oils because of their flexibility. Oils can give you a translucent effect for fast flowing water or a matt and flatter finish for the spray. Following the initial painting and drying process I may apply glazes of oil paint to further enrich the surface of my work.
I often return to the work of Kurt Jackson and Peter Doig for inspiration and a sense of place.
I graduated with a BA (Hons) in Fine Art in 2008 at the University of Plymouth.
I have exhibited my paintings throughout Devon and gained an award at the Exeter Short Film festival. My films and photographs have been exhibited on the South Bank, London and in Italy.
Solo exhibition Pavilions Teignmouth 2017
Harbour House, Kingsbridge 2016
Solo exhibition Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2015
Devon Open Studios, Teignmouth 2014
Brownston Gallery, Modbury 2013
Flavel theatre, Dartmouth 2012
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2011
Blue Indigo, Teignmouth 2010
2009 South Bank 2009 video
University of West of England, Taunton 2008 video installation ‘St.Piran’s Day march, Perranporth
Royal William Yard, Plymouth 2006 video installation ‘The sinking of the Napoli”