10am to 5pm (closes 3pm on final day)
Interested in nature and the re-evaluation of its painterly tradition, Sole’s work explores painting as a process using involuntary mark making.
“I believe atmospheric subject matter benefits from energetic, physical and confident painting which usually allows the paint's characteristics to help create the image. The artist's knowledge of paints and role of pouring, throwing, shaking and tilting add to these involuntary effects creating the movement 'Involuntarylism’.”
The exhibition will feature 24 of Sole’s impressive seascapes and landscapes.
"I paint from nature using a method I call Involuntarylism.
Nature is a broad subject matter, yet I have homed in and focused on the parts that inspire me to experiment with materials and processes that not only interest me and produces original paintings, but completely satisfies me and highlights who I am as a person.
The concept behind my paintings completely relies upon the idea of involuntary mark making. How the materials react with one another and how I go about applying them to the canvas. With this concept in mind, nature, with its natural geometry, is the perfect subject as a base to experiment from.
The idea of involuntarylism is allowing the paint's characteristics and gravity to produce the marks, creating organic patterns, atmosphere and substantiation, allowing the painting to have a life of its own. As all my paintings are made on the floor, Involuntarylism is subject to me ‘puppeteering’ the paint, using gravity and built up knowledge of the materials and past experiences, to create the painting. The artist’s involvement is purely to manipulate the paint, canvas, colours and consistencies so as to exaggerate as strongly as possible the resulting organic textures and marks.
The image is starting to take more of a back seat role in my practice. Without the pressures of the image I can develop, push and explore the more interesting parts of my work and become more involved in the materials and processes which I think better replicate nature than image ever will.
Oil colour mixing and acrylic diluting
Energetic, spontaneous and sudden
Tilt and weigh down
and then let the magic happen"
Find out more: www.michaelsole.co.uk