AboutFeaturing current exhibiting artist Richard James and Chaired by Gordon Dalton. Participation in discussion is optional.
Why does painting continue to fascinate? Good painting (for there is plenty that is bad) consumes you. To enjoy painting, or be a painter, there is a dedication needed, a long-term commitment that is much like a relationship. There is passion, sadness; there are the ups, the downs, there are break-ups but also, with a lot of work, there is a satisfaction, a deep rooted love, inquisitiveness and an ongoing one-on-one conversation that brings much reward.
Without being (too) divisive, I would argue that painting alone has this long-term relationship. Painting is a one long, winding road, with steep learning curves and plenty of pitfalls along the way. Painting has always been exciting, if a little frustrating. When successful, it just about manages to avoid fashions and trends, yet remains vital. Painting is an ongoing one on one experience. It may just be pushing coloured mud around with a hairy stick, but I don't think other art forms have that kind of relationship.
Gordon Dalton, June 2013
Gordon Dalton is a Cardiffbased Painter, Project Officer for Locws International and also curates for Mermaid and Monster www.mermaidandmonster.wordpress.com