Sculptor and Model

First of all, thanks everyone for the great response to my last postings! It’s been wonderful to hear from so many people from all different parts of my life. I hope that the hard work that I have put into my pictures make these visits worthwhile.

Today we will look at another theme that I have returned to again and again. For someone who is interested in the three-dimensional aspects of painting, depicting a sculptor’s studio is a natural choice of subject. 

These three works illustrate some big changes in my art over time. This sample shows a progression from ‘realism’ to a more abstract version of the scene.

Sculptor and Model with Red Blanket by Barry Trower.
Sculptor and Model with Red Blanket by Barry Trower.

This painting (circa 1990) is the first of the three and is painted in a soft and atmospheric manner.


Sculptor and Model in Dark Room by Barry Trower.
Sculptor and Model in Dark Room by Barry Trower.

The second painting is quicker and rougher in execution. The colours are a little brighter and the brushstrokes are more prominent.


Sculptor and Reclining Model by Barry Trower.
Sculptor and Reclining Model by Barry Trower.

The third and latest version is made up of flatter sections of colour and stronger marks. The zig-zag lines and black sections make the colours sing.


I like the directness of my newer work and I think that the speed of the marks make a faster connection to the viewer. If you can make that quick connection but still hold the viewer’s eye over time, you have made a successful painting.

It’s been neat to look back over my work and I hope that you can share my enthusiasm. Thanks again for the interest. Until next time,

Barry

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