Rhyddings and Park Fish Bar (2017)

  • Original Artwork Painting, Oil on Linen Canvas
  • Dimensions Height 16.1in, Width 13in
  • Framing This artwork is not framed
  • Categories Illustration
"Urban minimalism“ was initially inspired by the empty streets around where I live in Brynmill, Swansea. My “rules” for composition and painting No cars No People Bright light. There must be shadows – at diagonals if possible. Simplified forms – there must be little detail in the final painting. I wanted to explore the interplay of...
"Urban minimalism“ was initially inspired by the empty streets around where I live in Brynmill, Swansea.

My “rules” for composition and painting No cars No People Bright light. There must be shadows – at diagonals if possible. Simplified forms – there must be little detail in the final painting. I wanted to explore the interplay of the geometry of shadows and man-made structures.
This style of painting is influenced by those American realist painters who paint the quiet, the spacious and the still and revere a certain treatment of light and colour such as Edward Hopper, Jim Holland, John Register, Frank Hobbs as well as by Contemporary Minimalists such as Christopher Benson, Leah Giberson, Tom McKinley, Mitchell, Johnson, Jessica Brilli and Emmett Kerrigan. I aim to bring an American sensibility to a Welsh urban landscape.

This painting is of the Rhyddings pub in the far distance, sitting opposite the Park Fish Bar.

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SwanseaRhyddingsStreetsUrbanBrynmill

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Born in Hereford, educated in Cardiff and London, I am a professional contemporary artist, specializing in oil paintings. I am based in Donegal, Ireland and Derry, NI.  All my life I have loved being creative...

Born in Hereford, educated in Cardiff and London, I am a professional contemporary artist, specializing in oil paintings. I am based in Donegal, Ireland and Derry, NI.  All my life I have loved being creative – whether it was drawing and sketching as a teenager, drawing with oil pastels and screen print-making in my 20s and finally focusing on photography and oil painting in adult life.

I originally trained as a professional Medieval Historian and then worked in Secondary Education for almost two decades until my life took an unexpected turn. On 29th February 2012 I was involved in a car accident which led to me developing  PTSD and having a breakdown. My emotional recovery was long and exhausting and is still ongoing. Art was an essential part of that process and still is. I have been a professional artist since 2013, part-time until the summer 2016 when I became a full-time professional artist.

I paint most days.  My work focuses on light and colour, whether I paint rural landscapes, urban streets, seascapes or figurative work. I like to paint people walking around in their everyday lives, painting moods, anticipations, and atmospheres, trying to express presence and pathos. I notice things that others miss. I am fascinated by details and relationships.

In my work, I am drawn to light and shadows and how they shape our emotions. I remember visiting the South of France as a teenager and being mesmerized by the dazzling light, I have been attempting to capture that excitement about light in my paintings ever since. I aim to make people look at the ordinary and see the extraordinary beauty in it.

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