4 DAYS until WHITEFRIARS OPEN STUDIOS!
Wiskey will be opening the doors to his ginormous studio to see where he creates his humongous paintings.. @jbwiskey has worked as an independent, self-educated artist since 1983
"What makes me paint apart from the delicious smell of oil paint and turpentine? People mainly, humans, being. Looking deeply into people and wanting to paint that something that is inside them that is universal, truthful and deeply moving, in a way that will in turn touch and inspire other people in the way that many powerful paintings by artists from the last 35,000 years have touched and inspired me to feel the deepest question of existence running through me, and to be grateful for the infinite variety of life at the same time as the consistency of the human spirit through the millennia. Why do people die? What are we alive for?"
(swipe=>painting’s final state)
As a Londoner I was surprised to find myself in a field of sunflowers an experience I imagined to be in a far away land somewhere but in reality appeared with this summer’s sun on my doorstep. There was a quiet kind of reverence in the people I saw pass by- you could sense peoples’ appreciation of the natural beauty. It was such a show of how the natural world with a little care and respect can give to us and like receiving flowers from someone but on a grander scale there was a feeling of gratitude in the atmosphere. I found it a moving experience to sit and observe nature there and I think and I hope it shows in my painting.
“I render it with my heart as much as I do with my eye.” Jean-Baptiste-Camille Corot c.1855- a landscape painter working a bit before Van Gogh (1853-1890) but a shared sentiment between them and many more since. Thanks to artists of the past like them, today we have the social freedom to paint with feeling, to paint from the heart and even to do so in public.
“Paintings have a life of their own that derives from the painter's soul.” Van Gogh. If you knew the end result before you started you wouldn’t have to give from your soul what a painting needs to give it that je ne sais quoi, to make it come alive. Faith, love and conviction come from the soul and they play their part in a painting: faith that it will come to a place you are happy to leave it and show it; love for what you do and why; and conviction in going and doing it. Sunflowers have a life of their own but maybe nature had a helping hand with a good soul behind it so to the sower/sowers of the sunflower seeds I’d like to say please keep doing what you’re doing and thank you. #sunflowerpainter#sunflowerpainting#sunflowerpaintings#enpleinairpainting#perivalepainter#oilpaintingartist#enpleinairpainter#perivale#corot#pleinairpainter#pleinairpainters#londonpleinairpainters#londonpainters#londonlandscape#londonlandscapes#flowersgivehope#flowerpainter#heaveninawildflower#perivalecommunitycentre#ub6#ub67#perivalesunflowers#londonsuburbs#londonsunflowers#luckylondon#luckylondoner#londonpainter
Preview this evening at @thestonespace of Tamara Dubnyckyj exhibition. From 13 Sept to 7 Oct 2108.
Stage: dark, lit, temporary: phase
pretend, fake, assembled: space
rhythm, tempo, echo: mute
brush, mark, trace: paint
performer, audience, fan: waiting
expectation, platform: communal memory
Tamara Dubnyckyj graduated with an MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art (2005-2007). She lives and works in London. She recently participated in Nightswimming at the Mission Gallery curated by LLE gallery and the BEEP painting prize, both part of the Swansea Painting Biennial 2018. She was selected for the Marmite Prize in 2016. In 2015 she had a solo show at the New Court gallery in Repton. Recent group shows include Strangeland at Collyer Bristow, curated by Rosalind Davis and the SFSA Drawing Open. She has a forthcoming solo show in Leeds in 2019. Meet the artist: 6 October 14:00 – 16:00
Here I am painting INSIDE a shower stall at the hostel at 11pm cuz the quiet corridor I like to use in the back is full of cigarette smoke from smokers chatting on the steps outside (door is kept locked) and I have no desire to paint in the kitchen where someone could walk in and ask, what is that, or, what are you doing (and are you a Real artist or is it just a HOBBY). And I hate the under painting and I just had to do something about it.