In this piece I have combined various techniques - the piece starts as hand cut board laminated in relief style - the board is then undercoated with texture medium - various paints and charcoal pencil are then used with sanding and scraping to finish.
The artwork is set on backboard within a sanded satinwood frame behind glass and the overall measurements are 29" x 23" x 2"
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 - SOLD
Beach Road III
The canvasses are both set on a back board and set in recess within a natural satinwood frames
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.
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
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.