Which do I prefer, painting or sculpture?
This is a question I hear so many times when people see the range of my work.
Unfortunately the modern perception of art has been influenced by the marketing of artworks. The commercial galleries need artists that have an easily recognisable and marketable style. The more straightforward and eye catching they are, the better, from the seller's point of view. Thus, the existence of this simplistic view that artists just perfect themselves in one medium.
I use many different methods to express my visual thinking. Generally speaking a painting, shows emotion through colour and composition, and a sculpture shows presence through movement and form. So depending on what I feel about the subject and the message I want to communicate, will indicate what method I will use. Different mediums therefore give me a greater versatility for visual communication.
Below are two examples of the same subject matter in both oil painting and in bronze, which I hope goes someway to answering the question.
The oil painting of the mute swan swimming depicts the transparency and soft dryness of the feathers contrasted with the wet water. These colour harmonies created by low sunlight and blue overhead sky attenuate the very aggressive pose and mask the powerful movement of this cob ( male swan).
|SHIP OF CREAM. Oil on canvas, 50 x 60 cm|
|LIVING RELICS Oil on canvas 60 x 75cm|
|ALDABRA GIANT TORTOISE AND COCO DE MER. Bronze on granite base which measures 27.5 x17.5cm, total height 25.5cm|