LANDSCAPE

a field in Essex

Image
photograph by the artist from a glider at 1000ft

Eight paintings made over four years of a single field near West Bergholt. The countryside nearby was made famous by the painter John Constable, whose images became icons of rural England for two hundred years. I wanted to make fresh contact with this countryside as a modern painter in a contemporary landscape. 

By limiting myself to a single field I noticed many things I would never have seen had I spent my time travelling from one place to another. And opening my eyes and working in one place helped to ground me at a difficult time in my life. Attention and growing contentment went together. 

My basic method is to combine traditional wet on dry oil technique with digital colour-texture analysis. I try to make clear, harmonic images from small windows of time. Aesthetic unity comes from unities of light, place and execution; but observation also recognises facts of contemporary land use not all of which are comfortable. 

These field paintings were first shown as New Paintings at King's College, Cambridge in 2002. They was followed with a show about a single tree from the same field, Oak, at Vertigo in Shoreditch, London. The two groups of paintings represent seven years visual exploration in one place. 

With good method, I think attention is usually rewarded.

 ...the end of all our exploring
 Will be to arrive where we started

 And know the place for the first time.

T.S.Eliot

for paintings click images

Image
Spring,West Bergholt, England
Image
Summer, West Bergholt, England
Image
Lunar Eclipse with Orion
Image
Summer Solstice moonrise
Image
Reg, Bill and a BT van, West Bergholt
Image
moonrise
Image
moon and stratocumulous
Image
Snow across 120 degrees

malting barley

Image
John Barleycorn

cloudscapes

Image
lapwing and BBC World Service radio masts, Suffolk coast
Image
contrails
Image
mobile phone tower
Image
The Atlantic, County Kerry, Ireland

Paintings and prints available. For information, images and all other enquiries please contact

Email: st@stephentaylorpaintings.com

Phone: +44 (0)1353 667014

Letter: Coach House, 7 Douglas Court, Ely, Cambs, CB7 4SE, UK

Share

Copyright © 2020 Stephen Taylor Paintings. All rights reserved. Website by Infiniti Graphics

Search