The Spirit of Clevedon – Clevedon Artist of the Year, Original Silk Painting and Signed Giclee Prints
For this inaugural Clevedon Artist of the Year competition, I wanted to paint an image that summed up how I feel about Clevedon. I love the cultural connections and history that Clevedon has. I took inspiration first from the modernist work of Doris Hatt with her wonderful colours and jumbled elements. I started with the cottage on Old Church Road where Coleridge stayed on his honeymoon surrounded by jamine and mytle trees which he talks about in his poem ‘The Eolian Harp’. I have also just included some of my favourite things about Clevedon: the brilliant classically styled Curzon Cinema, the victorian clock tower and, of course, the jewel that is Clevedon Pier. I hope you enjoy the (slightly mad) result.
This painting was the winner of the ‘Clevedon Artist of the Year’ competition 2022.
My paintings are mainly painted on pure Chinese habotai 8 silk with specialist silk paints. I start each work with a drawing on paper and then trace the image onto a piece of white silk stretched onto a wooden frame. I then apply a special paint called gutta, which contains natural latex called gutta-percha, over my traced lines. This creates a resistive barrier through which the coloured ink will not flow. I apply the coloured ink with a brush and use salt dropped into the ink whilst wet to created textured effects.
The finished painting is removed from the wooden frame, ironed to fix the colour in the fabric and stretched onto acid-free mountboard ready for framing.
You can see a time lapse video of me painting here.
The original painting will come mounted on a black painted frame – size A1 (59.4 x 84.1 cm)
A signed giclee print is printed on fine art 308gsm paper using archival inks and is signed by the artist. It is an open edition so there is no limit to the number of reproductions that can be made. Signed giclee prints are supplied with a backing board and wrapped in biodegradable cellophane. The following sizes are available for this painting:
|Size||Paper Size||Actual Image Size|
|Small||A4||16.5 x 23.4 cm|
|Large||A3+||29.6 x 42 cm|