AboutGreen Horse Art presents:
Exhibition of works by Simon Chinnery and Ryszard Rybicki
(with guest artist: Jane Bolden)
I haven't always been a painter. I did Art A level but always felt rather under the shadow of my Father who was a 'proper' Artist who had gone to Chelsea Art College and went on to be a creative Advertising Director. I also felt rather bowed by my genetic inheritance. George Chinnery (1774-1852) was a prolific and very successful portrait and landscape painter who spent many of his latter years in India and then China. His Father was also a painter.
So I rebelled against my genes.
Following a three year stint living in a Buddhist community
I took up Ballet after seeing a film about the famous, troubled Russian dancer, Nijinsky. Music, drama and dance all in one; that did it for me. I moved from Brighton to London, got a scholarship to the Urdang Academy in Covent Garden and immersing myself in all things Artistic and hedonistic. From Monk to Punk in the twinkle of club lights. After training and touring for a bit with London City Ballet the natural next step in my life wasâ¦.to work in the City. That was twenty four years agoâ¦â¦
I was born an artist. Art is part of me. I don't exist outside it. I'm responsive to the universal energy and thus involved in a continuous dialog with the world, I question and challenge it.
There is no routine in creation thus I'm never set in my ways. Sometimes my paintings grow in me slowly, like apples in the tree, until they finally materialize on the canvas. Other times they are created in a moment of serendipity. I just let them be. In the process of painting I'm not limited by particular media, materials or style. I'm like a child that enjoys experimenting. To create my paintings I have used golf balls, bubble wrap, soot from the burning candle or traditional paint and brush. What and how I paint depends on how open I am to the energy that surrounds me. I express this interaction in creating either abstract, intuitive paintings or politically involved visual statements.
I have taken the road less travelled.
Traces of habitation and patterns of urban landscape appear in delicate, complex paintings. Jane builds up her images in layers of drawing, paint, ink and cut out paper. Papers used may be found or made for purpose hand-stained, printed and torn.
This is a visual exploration of the urban experience where shapes and forms appear and retreat as signs of early civilization may be overlaid with images from the modern city. There are portals, windows, streets, rivers, playgrounds, a variety of images and passages of colour which refer to and reflect on the fabric of life.
These unique works have evolved over many years in an ongoing process of learning, exploring and developing ideas.
GREEN HORSE ART