|2nd North Devon Art Show 2003
Entry for Exhibition
Peter Bright BA(hons)
Graduated from Exeter College of Art & Design (1979)
Currently studying for an MA in Painting at Wolverhampton University (2002-03)
The Quay ( 3 canvases size 450mm x 300mm)
Acrylic and oil paint on canvas. (Woolacombe/Bromsgrove July 2002)
I made these simple paintings to explore organic shapes and colours. I also wanted to see if I could explode/echo/repeat motifs across several paintings, to create a logical transition with a suggestion of language and rhythm. The inspiration for these paintings is the quay/harbour area of Ilfracombe in North Devon. I am fascinated by the way the tides move and change the landscape, a constant moving swell, every moment a different image. The colours and light of Devon have changed my approach towards painting; the dullness of the industrial Midlands has now been replaced with the clean, pure colours of my Woolacombe home.
Flags from Undiscovered Nations (1000mm x 500mm)
Vinyl, acrylic and oil paint on canvas. (Woolacombe/Bromsgrove November 2002)
I have been experimenting with using gestural marks from the Abstract Expressionist movement, scanning them into a computer and then cutting them out in vinyl. These formal gestures then become a parody, reduced to decorative patterns. I like the idea of inventing flags and banners for imaginary countries, the flags we adopt always seem to have straight lines and blocks of colour......it might be more interesting to have a more random approach to our national identity.
(The quality of the photograph above is very poor)
The plasticness of commercial vinyl tapes, their tactile and glossy qualities make them vibrant and alive, when juxtaposed against natural materials or organic colours they become a contradiction, a compliment, more intense and more synthetic.
I would like to continue to explore this medium, to exploit its inherent qualities and experiment further with the organic and synthetic idea.