Swimming in a Sea of Abstraction 

September 29th 6-9 Saturday 30th and Sunday 1st October 11 am - 4 pm. Thereafter by arrangement till October 30th. Free

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