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Brush Drawings of the South Downs
The Sussex Downs are a landscape I know well, and these brush drawings are a recent departure in style for me. Together with photographs by John Mitchell, they were exhibited at a Brighton festival (2013) exhibition 'Landmarks: Views of the South Downs'. This extract from my statement to the exhibition best describes my approach.
The Downs' gentle curves hold a dignified strength. The natures of Chinese brush calligraphy and the practice of Tai Chi maintain strength in movement. In bringing these elements together, my brush drawings aim to reflect the downland qualities of shape, geology, man's intervention, and the influence of weather patterns. None of these stands still. Their colours and patterns embody a kind of poetry which I have also aimed to interpret. Several drawings contain associations - what the weather was like, how I was feeling, and recollections.
In creating my images, I use a range of Chinese brushes, mop and sash brushes. I draw in ink, acrylic and emulsion on to Saunders Waterford, Ingres, and handmade papers.
All works are framed, unglazed and are for sale.
Up and Over Seaford Head - Blizzard
Escarpment From Mount Harry
Behind Mt Caburn - Sheep Carcass
Barlavington Down, February - Chinese Kite
Oakwood, The V, The Tree
Sheep Tracks - Cricket, Middleton Manor
Ouse Valley 'One Breath' (one stroke)
Towards Angmering - Flying Lesson