Recently I read an article by an artist whose training in the 1990's dismissed technique in favour of free expression Now, 25 years later the author has realised the creation of art requires technique, practice and discipline although intelligence appears to be irrelevant. Mind you if it takes you 25 years to figure out a basic fact of life, what on earth do you have to offer that could enlighten your audience?
Artists are whether they like it or not show offs - nothing more or less. That is fine. It is motivation; but there are dues to be paid. Audiences must always be respected. This requires effort. I am baffled by the need only to produce "nice" or "disneyesque" work or simply to shock. Why? Is this an appropriate way to entertain an audience. Must you treat them with such contempt? There is a vast range of emotions, concepts and ideas to explore. Why choose what is easy or contrary? And that includes technique! There is no need to shock or pamper to conceal laziness or dishonesty. There are such things as manners. Society works hard to support you. Why not reciprocate?
As a Chartered Surveyor my CV is irrelevant. The best I can offer is a summary of my “successful paintings. You are welcome to visit my website http://paintingsbydavidphillips.com It provides a biography.
My first success was at aged of 6, I won a school competition with a painting of a Lancaster bomber. It was deeply embarrassing for two reasons I spelt George without the first e and when the awards were announced I had sloped of somewhere. The teachers were not amused.
Next success was with a painting of a dragon I was about 7. As usual when the awards were announced I had sloped off again. It is a habit of mine.
Little then happened until I was 13 when I produced a picture of a tree through a window. The teacher was impressed and tried to get me to study O Level Art. Parents flatly and angrily refused.
Then were the barren years until
1991 – National finalist Laing Art Compitition
1991 – 1994 Winner for three consecutive years the Slough Arts festival
Next 20 years spent raising a family
2014 People’s choice Wokingham Art Festival – Marloes Bay
2016 Light Space and Time Exhibitions:- All special merits
Landscapes –Snapshot Forest of Dean and After the flood
Animals – Owl
Botanical – Disturbing symbolism
Figurative – Anna an impossible girl and Cannibal Surf Babe
Allegory – Shortlisted for the RSA Open exhibition
Heading for the Great Escape and Worms Head – Shortlisted for the The Royal Society of Marine Painters
30 years finalist in EWAAC comptition
I hope this is sufficient.