Swimming in a Sea of Abstraction

29 Sep 2017 – 30 Oct 2017

Event times

Launch 6-9 Friday 29th September. Open 11-4 Saturday 30th September and Sunday 1st October. Then by arrangement till October 30th

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England, United Kingdom


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  • Bristol Bus Station
  • Temple Meads Station
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Controlled accidents play a part in Nigel's paintings. Allowing oil and water to react creates natural fracturing, like a delta, or forked lightening. Then he decides what to do next.


Leonardo da Vinci urged artists to search for inspiration in the dirt on walls or the streaked patterns in stones. In the same way I have found that the accidental blot, the chance mark, or the naturally occurring stain can be a starting point for my art. Controlled accidents play a part in my paintings. Sometimes I allow oil and water based paints to react so as to create a natural fracturing. This process creates patterns through a process which echo those found in nature such as the splitting of a lighting bolt, or the way in which a river delta divides into many different streams. Other controlled accidents occur when paint is splashed or scraped across a surface. Painting an abstract image is like feeling your way in the dark.  I carefully plan each stage before it is executed. For example, when choosing colour combinations I will make several small sketches to try out various options. I work on several paintings at a time, sometimes a painting will take months to complete. Seeing a half finished painting, after a few days break, provides a key moment to make decisions on the what to do next.

 To see my current paintings go to www.nigelshipley.com

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