I am not a nerdy artist.
I have not studied formally.
I don’t know all the masters by name.
Casually chatting with art people and hearing names like Cezanne, Degas, and Michelangelo always makes me feel a bit like a fraud. I have heard these names ( I mean who hasn’t) but I couldn’t point out their work in a gallery from sight – I would have to read the didactic to tell you who was who.
My nude line work has been inspired by the likes of Matisse.
Some of my black and white pointillist (or stippling) work has been compared to Aubrey Beardsley and Albrecht Durer… (I had to look them up too)…
And now I am working in colour… something I have been moving towards over the last 6 months.
Which brings me to a new work that has been inspired by Georges Seurat.
Lilly Pond – Work in progress….
This piece has come about because a lovely (and clever) friend, Tammy Linde, asked if I would like to exhibit some coloured pointillism pieces in the foyer of a musical she is directing called “Sunday in the Park with George” with the Ipswich Musical Theatre Company.
The play is based on Georges Seurat’s relationships whilst working on his masterpiece “A Sunday Afternoon on the Island of La Grande Jatte” .
Naturally I had to look him up.
Immediately I find parallels between my work and his – I felt connected to him – I understand the time consuming labour intensive method he used… his most famous painting took over 2 years to complete.
Seurat used pointillism on a massive scale. He was on the forefront of a new way of seeing, part of the pioneer neo-impressionists movement.
Whilst Seurat used paint, I use pens. I am relatively new to the use of colour in my pointillist work. Layering of colours can bring depth to a piece, and agonising over the placement of each is something I can totally understand.
Tammy’s idea of showing the audience what a pointillist piece looks like up close so that they understand more about the artist and what is happening in the play, is just pure genius.
It is forward thinking like this that hopes to highlight the bond between visual and performance art. Quite simply the artist Seurat inspired the playwright and they have both inspired me, and I am happy to say that this mini exhibition will feature 2 new pieces paying homage to the style of Seurat.
I can’t wait to see the play – who knows how many others will be inspired to go on and create something wonderful.