Artistically, 2017 has been increasingly busy, with my first London exhibition to prepare for, a couple of art fairs, and I also began teaching. I have, however, had some time to produce a few paintings – so here is a selection of this year’s work. All items are available for sale, so feel free to get in touch to take them off my hands! Images link to the item in my shop.
After a bit of a lull, I found my watercolour mojo again, and starting to teach this medium has helped keep me on my toes. I’ll be teaching a watercolour course on Wednesdays in Brentwood starting late January, and there are still a few places left. Bookings can be made at http://disponereartsltd.com/WORKSHOPS-CLASSES
Acrylic and Mixed Media Work
2017 was the year I fully embraced this as my main medium. I’ve produced a variety of abstract / semi-abstract pieces inspired by my travels to places such as Svalbard, the Scottish Highlands, Cornwall, and Iceland. The main focus this year was producing 4 pieces for an exhibition in London in November, but I did also find time for a few others too. Here is a selection – again all pieces are available for sale.
Produced for November exhibition at the 5th Base Gallery in London. These consist of a prototype (78N) establishing the techniques and feel of the collection, followed by 5 final pieces, 4 of which were displayed at the exhibition. The inspiration for these was the Longyear Glacier in Svalbard, and the pieces capture different views of a stretch of glacier no more than 30m apart, showing the variety and intricacy of this natural phenomenon. The names refer to the latitude of the glacier at 78°N.
Inspired by my walk on the South West Coast Path in July, these 4 paintings are based on the folded rock cliffs at Millook in Cornwall, and then abstracted. A limited palette of primaries (cyan, magenta and yellow) plus white was used. The names reflect the location and its geology.
The first of my completed pieces inspired by the TGO Challenge this year, The Moor reflects the intricate simplicity of the moorland landscape of the Monadhliath.
The first two pieces in this collection are abstracts based on my visit to Iceland in August. A set of accompanying smaller paintings focusing on details of this landscape will be produced early in 2018.
As in most years, I produced a calendar featuring work from this year, including a good many of the above pieces. I still have a few available – either as an A4 (opens out to A3 size) wall calendar, or a desk calendar.
And what about 2018 ?
I hope to be taking part in another London-based group exhibition in the first half of the year, and working towards holding a solo exhibition at some point later in 2018 or 2019. In the meantime, I’ll be continuing to teach watercolour classes, and may even run some workshops in the hills themselves if there is enough interest.
All of the above prices for original artworks may be subject to negotiation. So please feel free to get in touch. More details about my work can be seen on my art site: matthewkingarts.com