Get To Know – Andrew Bird

As an artist myself I often experiment with combining “tube colors” (straight from the tube, unmixed) with colors that I mix myself.  In general the more I mix colors together, the less intense they become.  This leads to some interesting variety of value, can create depth, etc (well, when done by a skilled painter it can work that way…  when I do it, I meet with mixed results).

Andrew Bird’s paintings are the kind of thing I’m aspiring to.  He has tremendous variety of color value, spacing, depth, perspective, and when I look at his work I can’t help but think of what colors of paint he started with.  Add to this the effects he gets by layering colors and then sometimes removing top layers to expose color underneath.  Great stuff.

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Andrew Bird –

More images here

Derbyshire, UK

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Get To Know – Neil Canning

Scouring Twitter and Pinterest for art has led me to a whole host of UK artists who feature varying levels of abstraction and whose work often draws inspiration from coastal landscapes.  Many live and work in Cornwall, which led me to learn a bit about the St. Ives school of art – a group of artists exploring the abstract and then avant-garde over the past almost 100 years.  Neil Canning is another Cornwall artist carrying on this tradition.  I love the use of hyper-bright colors and bold non-figurative shapes that still conjure up images of the seaside.

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Neil Canning –

Lots of write-ups of this artist along with more commentary on the St. Ives school on his website.

Cornwall, UK

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Get To Know – Kerry Harding

I find Kerry Harding’s work hard to describe (though easy to enjoy).  She frequently uses a blurring technique that forces us to see her subjects more as shapes and colors instead of “things”.  But there’s so much more than that…  There’s a mysterious quality to many of her pieces, and I often get the sense that I’m viewing the same subject at multiple points in time.  Her color palette reminds me of photographs that have been left out in the sun – or maybe Polaroids where the chemicals have leaked/run a bit – and this in turn gives me a sense of nostalgia.  Really interesting stuff and enjoyable to look at time and time again.

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Kerry Harding –

You can see more of her work here and here and she’s on Twitter as well.

Cornwall, UK

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