The Pastel Journal USA

The Pastel Society has two articles in the American magazine the Pastel Journal. The 2017 Annual Exhibition review in 'Art Matters' showing the Alfred Teddy Smith and Zsuzsi Roboz award winning image by Non Member Steven King entitled 'The Co-Pilot'. (Shown below) and an eight page article by Member Tony Allain.
King Steven The Co Pilot


The article by Tony Allain entitled 'Freedom of Interpretation' includes a demonstration piece and 'Thirteen Tips for Better Paintings'.


Tony writes as follows: 'Many painters aspire to a faster, looser style. I’ve discovered that an artist’s personal interpretation is the key to a more spontaneous approach.
Many painters aspire to a faster, looser style. I’ve discovered that an artist’s personal interpretation is the key to a more spontaneous approach'.

Allain Tony Marina Reflections

He continues 'EVERY ARTIST SHOULD BE ABLE TO SAY SOMETHING DIFFERENT and have their own way of saying it. Whenever I visit an exhibition or see a collection of paintings, I always seem to be attracted to the loose, impressionistic work. I appreciate how these qualities invite the viewer to respond emotionally to a time, place and mood. And I like the idea that the artist has given me the opportunity to be part of the painting by allowing me to mentally fi ll in the detail that may have been left out, so that I—as a viewer—become a part of the painting process. I can recall a very loose still life painting I exhibited some years ago. Th e piece portrayed a simple glass dish with some berries, so you can imagine my surprise when I was informed by one of the guests that it was quite a dramatic view of a stormy sea. Perhaps that painting was a little too loose. Still, I think most of us like a bit of mystery and intrigue, and I’ve found there are ways to approach a painting that encourage a looser, more ambiguous depiction'.

Artist Tony Allain (tonyallainfineart.com) has been painting for more than 40 years. The self-taught artist was born and raised in the Channel Islands of England. After living in New Zealand for many years, he recently returned to England, settling in the seaside town of Marazion in West Cornwall, where he takes pleasure in capturing the unique clarity of light. His work has been widely exhibited, including shows with the Pastel Society of America, in New York City; the Royal Society of Marine Artists and The Pastel Society UK, in London; and the Biennial International Pastel Art Exhibition, in Suzhou, China. A popular workshop instructor, Allain will be a demonstrating artist at the International Association of Pastel Societies’ convention in June.

www.tonyallainfineart.com 

To download the June 2017 copy of the Pastel Journal and read the complete version of both articles go to www.northlightshop.com 

Featured Artist

Matthew Draper
Draper Matthew Illuminated A View of Tantallon castle with The Bass Rock Homage to Alexander Naysmith

 ' Illuminated - A View of Tantallon Castle with the Bass Rock - Homage to Alexander Naysmith '
by
Matthew Draper

 

Matthew Draper PS

Education/Career

1973  Born Stone Staffordshire
1991-1992  Walsall College of Art
1992-1995  Falmouth College of Art

Artist’s Statement

I identify myself principally as a draughtsman; drawing being the most unencumbered and immediate form of image-making. My work is made with an intense and energetic immediacy, working instinctively rather than methodically, keeping me physically and emotionally involved in the process. I crush soft pastel in my hands rubbing the dust into the paper in wide sweeps of colour gradually manipulating the material to build up a thick layered surface using the ball of my thumb or the heel of my hand.
I am interested in and influenced by the dramatic imagery of Eighteenth and Nineteenth Century painting. I admire the idea of the contemplation of landscape in the Romantic spirit, found in the work of the German Romantics like Casper David Frederick and the notion of the grandeur of the landscape as expressed in the work of the American Subliminal Painters like Sanford Robinson Gifford and Frederick Edwin Church. These artists adopted the term ‘Luminism’, defined as light in the landscape and the effect that light has on the landscape and objects within it.
As a contemporary artist choosing to adopt this approach to light in the landscape, my interest is not to make straight forward topographical images that are illustrations of place. Instead I am attempting to make imagery that is descriptive of the circumstances under which the subject is viewed; images which convey a sense of place. The drawings are emotional reactions to events and experiences evolving in front of me; events happening or about to happen. The images become like fading memories or captured moments in time. The making of the work is in itself a set of actions and events which creates a harmony between my process and my interpretation of the subject.

Societies:

Member – The Pastel Society.

Awards:

2011  Visitors Choice Award, National Art Open Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Regional Prize, National Open Art Exhibition, Chichester.
2011  Elected Member of the Pastel Society UK, Federation of British Artists, Mall Galleries, London.
2010  City of Glasgow Prize, Royal Glasgow Institute of the fine Arts.
2010  Connell and Connell prize, Scottish Society of Artists, Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2008  Shell Premium Award, Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Chairman’s Purchase Prize, Discerning Eye Exhibition, London.
2004  Most popular work in the exhibition, Hunting Art Prizes.
2000  Alexander Graham Munro Travel Award, Royal Scottish Society of Painters in Watercolour.

Collections:

Bank of Scotland
City of Edinburgh, City Art Centre, Jean F Watson Bequest Fund.
Glasgow Museum and Art Gallery, Kelvin Grove Glasgow.
Paintings in Hospitals Scotland.

Selected Solo Exhibitions:

2013  ‘Northern Light’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2012  'Time Lapses' Open Eye Gallery Edinburgh
2011  ‘New Pastels’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2010  ‘Festival Exhibition’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2009  ‘In Series’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2008  ‘Luminism’ Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.
2006  ‘Time and Place’ Beaux Arts, Bath.
2005  ‘Nostalgia’ Lemon Street Gallery, Truro.
2000  ‘Night Life’ The Open Eye Gallery, Edinburgh.

Selected Group Exhibitions:

2008  Aberdeen Artists, Aberdeen Museum and Art Gallery.
2007  Discerning Eye Exhibition, Mall Galleries, London.
2007  Salon 2007, ‘New British Paintings and Works on Paper’ Portobello Road, London.   
2006  ‘Roter Salon’ Royal Scottish Academy, Edinburgh.
2006  The Jerwood Drawing Prize, Jerwood Space, London and touring of the UK.
2006  ‘Best of British’ Chelsea Art Gallery, Palo Alto, California.
2002  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
2004  The Hunting Art Prizes, Royal College of Art, London.
1999  Cheltenham Open Drawing Exhibition, touring to:
          The European Drawing Collection Hull, Karl Hofer Gesellschaft,
          The Western Banhof Charlottenburgh, Berlin.

Contact Details:

Website Address: www.matthewjdraper.co.uk
E-mail: matt.draper1@hotmail.co.uk

 

     


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