AAF 2017 London Project
Garry returns to Battersea Park again with another outstanding project, we are delighted to be showcasing his latest project ‘Still Sending Postcards’ at the AAF Spring Fair March 2017
Garry still sends postcards!! He has taken the traditional seaside postcard size 11cm x 15cm and format, and made 100 new oil paintings on panels depicting his past 12 months of travelling across England Scotland and wales, they are meticulously painted, detailed and considered. From the snowy peaks of Glencoe to the full blossom trees of his home in Norfolk each one speaks of atmosphere spirit and his relationship to the places he visits and clearly loves.
Painting really matters to me, it always has. For me, almost a ‘calling’, it is an area that seems to accept me, unlike most others.
The process usually begins with a location that offers me a dialogue, like a historical dignitary almost requesting to be painted. It has been, for a long time now, the crashing waves of my home county of Norfolk or my spiritual homes in bleak mountainous areas of Scotland, Wales or out of season Lake District. It’s a feeling so intense, it can create ‘goose pimples’.
The planning, sketching and research of the subject is important. I have never really wanted to make ‘versions of’ interpretations of photos or to make ‘capture the light’ type ‘pictures’.
Once the research, drawing and title are all in place, the painting process ‘happens’ – The hair on my arms will stand up! It’s a spiritual process, and when it works, hours pass, stopping only to change volume control on a stereo – usually up!
I couldn’t imagine doing anything else and so my manifesto remains much the same, to continue being true to my art, making and presenting only paintings that have been asked to be made.