Featured Artist of The Week: Pete Collins.
"My work is an exploration through process, be it oil on canvas or mixed media drawing on paper. My works investigate additive and subtractive methods, colour and texture are the two aesthetics which need to be explored. Influences on my work come from the late works of JMW Turner with their almost abstract values of colour and vibrancy, the depth of Callum Innes’ work where subtractive techniques draw you in, the forms and colours within the work of Sean Scully that sit in varying degrees of harmony with each other, the texture and colours of Anselm Kiefer and Gerhard Richter that have a deep history and tactile quality.
The mIxed media works on paper are specifically inspired by the landscape of Blenheim Palace in Oxfordshire. Taking natural forms as their inspiration but working with a more limited palette. I am working towards at least 50 works. The work is an investigation into the aesthetics of this landscape which is often overlooked by passers by.
Whether I am using paint, ink or drawing materials the process is expressive and something experiential to the viewer. "
Artworks in order:
Composition in green with orange burst. 2020, 50 x 50cm, Oil on canvas. £600.
Memory of a Sunflower Field. 2020, 50 x 50cm, Oil on canvas. £600.
Inspired by a visit to a sunflower field in Summer 2020. I wanted to capture something of experience.
Blenheim No.10. 2021, 84.1 x 59.4cm Mixed Media on 220gsm.£300.
This image inspired by the bark on a Silver Birch tree.
Blenheim No.12. 2021, 84.1 x 59.4cm Mixed Media on 220gsm.£300.
This image inspired by split in a trees trunk. My aim was to capture the force of nature and how it had been torn.
Blenheim No.14. 2021, 84.1 x 59.4cm Mixed Media on 220gsm. £300.
This image took inspiration from the knots on the trunk of a tree and how they had formed themselves. Did they get there from cuts or had nature created them?