Date: Mondays, February 5-26, 2024
Time: 9:30 AM-12:00 PM Pacific Time, 12:30-3:00 PM Eastern Time, 5:30-8:00 PM London Time
Medium: Acrylic and mixed media
This four week acrylic landscape abstraction class will reveal the alternative processes and strategies artist Paul Bailey employs to produce his distinctive landscape paintings.
Paul was born and raised in the rural East of England. The softly undulating farming landscape of this area was his initial inspiration to start painting. Over the years of observation and experimentation he effectively incorporated the ideas of minimalism, geometric abstraction and distorted perspectives into his landscape compositions. He will demonstrate these concepts, and explain how they can be applied to the student’s own work. These abstraction approaches can elevate a seemingly prosaic scene to the extraordinary.
Alongside the compositional strategies, this course will cover Paul’s unique acrylic techniques: paint layering, acrylic washes, masking and collage. Paul’s mission is to inspire the student to experiment, liberate their mark-making and to enjoy the process of painting with total expression.
“My work is based on a recollection of memories: hills I have climbed; coastal paths I have walked; and the perception of an horizon that stretches far into the distance. The time-worn landscape of Wales, England and Scotland is my inspiration. My unconventional influences (graffiti, commercial print, illustration and graphic design) provide my direction. My practice explores the process of cognitive storage and interpretation of visual and emotional memory of the landscape: simplification, repartition, distorted spaces, abstraction, colour and dynamics. A fusion of ideas, experimentation tempered by my knowledge and experiences.
Mine is an unconventional route into art. An apprenticeship in commercial illustration leading to a career in the design and print industry, and then finally fulfilling my boyhood dream to become a fine artist.
Alongside exhibiting and selling to patrons all over the world, I have supplied commissioned pieces to international and domestic interior design companies and my work has featured on commercial packaging and book covers too. I regularly give talks and demonstrations to Art Societies, and have recently become a published author with my first book ‘Experimental Nature in Acrylics: Our Landscapes’ published by Batsford Books.” https://paulbaileyart.co.uk/
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