Tuesday, 17 October 2017

In the manner of - Richard Diebenkorn

Beach Road II and III

These are my first in this style for over 6 years and has been prompted by a commission from a customer in Sarasota, USA for whom I will be producing a single 6' x 5' canvas.

For these working sketches I have used various paints on stretched canvas then used a combination of sanding and scraping to take the paint back. Although significantly inspired by the work of Richard Diebenkorn and his Ocean Park series it is a style I enjoy using.

It is my intention once the commission is completed to work on some similar smaller size works as below then move to the larger canvas format basing them on the colours and shapes I see as I visit our local beaches at Branksome and Sandbanks.

Beach Road II



Beach Road III




The canvasses are both set on a back board and set in recess within a natural satinwood frames 

The artworks measure 24" x 18" - framed 29" x 23"







Friday, 13 October 2017

Richard Diebenkorn

A long time ago in another lifetime whilst I was in the USA I was fortunate enough to attend an exhibition of the work of Richard Diebenkorn.

I remember it vividly as like most British youngsters of that time I had been brought up on a diet of more traditional representational art and the pure size of the work and the workmanship which had gone into the paint and surfaces was altogether a very different art to the normal diet available to view in rural England at the time.



In 2015 some thirty five years later I was able to view his work again thanks to The Royal Academy Exhibition - it did not disappoint. For those who would like to find out more please click below - this will take you to the Richard Diebenkorn Foundation website.


Richard Witham - The Diebenkorn Years!


For those who know me and my artwork then you will know that being self-taught I have unashamedly over past 8 years copied the work of my favourite artists as a way of learning and developing my ability.

Circa 2009 and 20+ years after having last seen a Diebenkorn in the flesh I decided to attempt his style using large canvas and a mixture of painting - sanding back and painting. I was pleased that all but one of the 10 works found a home [we kept one for ourselves!] and that 6 of them found homes in the USA!!

Here is a short archive of the work.


Coco Beach Series No's 1 - 2 - 3



Coco Beach Series No 5 - set in floating frame



Coco Beach Series No 6 - detail below





Coco Beach Series 7



Coco Beach Series 9



Coco Beach Series 10 - with detail below currently in the care of the artist's Wife!!




For more information please feel free to contact me 


Friday, 6 October 2017

Still Life Shapes

Still Life Shapes 




Set in a real wood box frame behind glass - the frame is finished with Farrow & Ball 'Worsted' grey paint measuring 29" x 23" x 2"


Friday, 29 September 2017

Branksome Beach

This piece dates back to 2015 and was the second piece in a series inspired by the beaches close to us along the Bournemouth to Sandbanks coast - I hope that when it finds a home and wall it will be a reminder of the summertime at the coast across the forthcoming winter months!

 I have now re framed this and I am happy to offer it for purchase.



Measuring 29" x 23" x 2" it is set behind glass in a real wood shallow box frame finished in a chalky white paint - and is created in various paints on textured board.



Friday, 22 September 2017

Still Life September 17

A piece I started a few months ago which I decided the time had come to finish - a still life on panelled board.





Set behind glass in a sanded satinwood frame - 29" x 23" x 2"


Friday, 8 September 2017

September Fields [Dorset].


This is various paints on heavily textured board worked with sandpaper.



Set in a real wood box frame behind glass - 450mm x 450mm

Friday, 1 September 2017

Completing the commission

I have been very busy over the past weeks working on several commissions the last three I am bringing to completion over the weekend.

At the client's request two of the three are based on the work of Michael Canney and are colourful reliefs which the client will be hanging in a new Restaurant venture located in a period property.





Both are 600 x 500mm and set behind glass in a real ash wood box frame which has been painted with 'soft latte' chalky paint.




Thursday, 13 July 2017

Splintered White

Hand cut textured board laminated in relief style.




Set in a natural finish real satin wood box frame behind glass.

The framed piece measures 29" x 23" x 2".

Thursday, 6 July 2017

Abstract Horizon

This piece is textured board finished with various paints and finished in a construction style.



Set in a real wood hand painted box frame behind glass the framed piece measures

29" x 23" x 2"


Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Square White I and II

These pieces are hand cut board - textured and then laminated in relief/construction style.

Square White II



Square White I




Both are set in a satin wood box frame behind glass and measure 23" x 23" x 2"

Wednesday, 14 June 2017

Still Life 6/17 and Nautical III

Still Life 6/17 - SOLD

This is various paints on textured board and is set in a hand painted real wood box frame behind glass and the frame is finished and antique white paint.



The framed piece measures 20" x 16" x 2"
Nautical III

This piece is reflecting on a piece I produced some years ago and after some precarious skip diving I found some suitable marine plywood to create this new version.

It is marine ply set as three panels - various paints with sanding and distressing then set in a hand painted box frame behind glass.



The framed piece measures 29" x 23" x 2"


Tuesday, 6 June 2017

St Ives Tate Relief

This piece is various board - hand cut undercoated with texture medium and then laminated in a construction/relief style. The artwork has been completed using various paints.






Set in a real wood box frame behind glass the framed piece measures 33"x 20"x 2"


Thursday, 1 June 2017

Roy Turner Durrant

Some time ago I was fortunate to view a small exhibition of this artists work and I would recommend to anyone that should the opportunity arise one would not be disappointed. My new piece which can be viewed at the bottom of this feature is based on his work.

Roy Turner Durrant



Roy Turner Durrant was born in Lavenham, Suffolk. After the war he studied at the Camberwell School of art under John Minton. Known as a semi-abstract painter his early work is characterized by colored oil landscapes in which ordinary topographic features were invested with the potency of the independent symbol.



He was greatly influenced by the early work of Roger Hilton, Alan Reynolds and Keith Vaughan. In the 1950s he developed from figuration to abstraction.



For more details regarding the artist and images of his work please click below
http://www.bbc.co.uk/arts/yourpaintings/artists/roy-turner-durrant

Three Islands - Richard Witham


This piece is collage on board with texturing medium over painted in various paints.





Framed behind glass the piece measures 23" x 19" x 2"

For details please contact me via the form top right of the page