LANDSCAPE

a field in Essex

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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. But I wanted to make fresh contact with this countryside as a modern painter in a modern landscape. 

By limiting myself to a single field I noticed many, many things I would never have seen if I had spent my time travelling about from one place to another. Not only that, but working in one place and opening my eyes helped me to ground myself at a difficult time of my life: attention and contentment went together. 

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

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

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

 And know the place for the first time.

T.S.Eliot

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

malting barley

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John Barleycorn

cloudscapes

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lapwing and BBC World Service radio masts, Suffolk coast
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contrails
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mobile phone tower
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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

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