AboutMatt Bodimeade returns with a new body of work:"Making Tracks" - his own personal view of the South Downs in Sussex.
More than most artists Matt Bodimeade has had a direct effect on the landscape he describes in his drawings. As a young adult, employment in agriculture enabled him to change the colour, shape and texture of fields through cultivation and harvesting processes.
This was mechanical mark making on a large scale, but with perhaps a bit too much methodical order!
As an artist today, thirty years later, Matt drives into a field on the brow of a hill on the South Downs near Arundel and leans a drawing board against the side of his truck. "It's like hunting" he says "Searching for a starting point like that line of poppies. Or that clump of trees spreading down the hill like a fat bloke's belly over his belt."
Using oil pastel and charcoal on site in sweeping marks the large sheet fills with colour and form. He works carefully but swiftly, blending colours with his fingers and scraping back with a blade. Back at his studio he might trim the paper down in size: "But it contains all the information needed.
From these works on paper, Matt Bodimeade has developed the new large oil on canvas paintings included in his 2013 exhibition.
It's a constant process of refining and editing." He's not concerned about recording a moment for posterity or creating a historical document.
Fields, borders and tracks are clearly defined, with a confidence that only comes with a deep knowledge of the place. The rich colours and layering create an interesting, dynamic and excting image that is ageless and instantly familiar to all.
Matt Bodimeade first showed his landscapes in 2010, and they have been in demand ever since. Having studied sculpture at West Sussex College of Art and Design and Brighton Polytecnic, Matt worked on a number of public and private commissions throughout the UK (including the Cass Sculpture Foundation).
Matt Bodimeade lives and works in West Sussex.