” Promised Land” 26th September – 19th November26. Sep - 19. Nov 13 / ended Off the Wall Gallery
Tuesday – Friday 9.30 to 5.30, Saturday 10 til 4
” Promised Land
Off the Wall, is Wales’ premier, modern, contemporary art gallery which features art of the highest quality from some of the most talented artists both in the UK and internationally.
This show introduces two new artists to the Off the Wall stable: Paul Bennett & Nicholas
Paul Bennett is an international contemporary Fine Artist specialising in exceptional semi-abstract seascape/landscape paintings and also unique portraiture. The two themes are very different in mood and style, but both are made from using a mix of traditional techniques and more unconventional painting methods.
Both rely on drawing from memory to create finished work that is abstracted and more expressional than representational. Bennett endeavours to generate a sense of intimacy and isolation while leaving the subject open to interpretation.
“With the digital age well and truly with us, the advances of visual media means that almost anything is possible within the boundaries of our imagination”. It has been Paul's aim to create work that is most definitely a painting. This is accomplished by using rich textures, multiple layers, poured paint and brush/palette knife marks. It becomes a way of escaping the everyday, mass produced visuals that we are constantly exposed to, and the way in which we now digest and assimilate our visual world. Bennett is a great admirer of photography and photorealism and appreciates the technical ability to produce such works. However, his approach is to record and comment on things that are more than visually apparent: to tease out more than the eye can see, to draw people in and invite them to experience – not just consume – an image.
Nicholas Edward Ward currently lives in Pontypridd.
He studied painting at Treforest College of Art, under Brendan Stuart Burns where he completed his foundation studies. He completed his BA Honours in painting at Manchester Metropolitan University in 1998.
Nicholas has been exhibiting his work throughout the UK and has sold work internationally.
His work is constantly evolving, always striving to create a sense of place and time. The landscape of the South Wales valleys and surrounding areas has always been a powerful influence on Nicholas` work.
His pieces are created using a process of sketching on location, applying mixed media and completed at his studio.
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