Abstract landscape painting (2019 to 2020) inspired by the coastal geography and former industry of West Penwith.
Stylistically I am obviously indebted to Peter Lanyon and the Post War St. Ives painters. However, I am equally influenced by Matisse, old Ladybird books and the family holidays of my childhood.
I initially record the outdoor environment through observational drawing, watercolour and photography. These studies are then artificially composed onto board and then abstracted through the process of painting. Whilst the subject matter is a vital catalyst, it is more important to me that the paintings work in a formal sense, intuitively seeking a balance of colour, tone and composition.
Abstraction allows me to make reference to changes in scale, viewpoint and time through the layering and splattering of pigment, and the scraping back of paint to reveal earlier marks. In the last five years I have increasingly been drawn to the benefits of acrylics and household paints.
Bruce Timson June 2020