Works on Paper – bathers

Over recent months, Andrew has further explored some earlier ideas of bathers on paper.

 Initially only intended to be studies for the bather subjects on panel, as Andrew explored various mediums, this became an interesting process where several pieces have evolved into “stand alone” works.

bathers sketch IV. charcoal & acrylic on layered mylar. 31cm x 41cm
bathers sketch IV. charcoal and acrylic on layered mylar. 31cm x 41cm

bathers sketch VI, charcoal & acrylic on layered mylar, 31cm x 41cm
bathers sketch VI, charcoal & acrylic on layered mylar, 31cm x 41cm

Andrew explains briefly why he is interested in this subject, and about the work, below:

“Observing a group bathers is, to me, a representation of how we can interact, both with each other and with nature. On the fringe of our world we push just slightly into the unknown space of the ocean. It’s a place where, for a short time, we can leave the material “stuff of life” behind, and simply enjoy the company of family and friends, or spend time alone to reflect. If we enter the sea on our own or break off for a few minutes from the group, we can swim a little, float, walk or stand and there, in isolation, have nothing impinge from the outside into our thoughts. It can offer the chance for reflection or dreams, perhaps a neutral state where we can spiritually relax too”.

“Whether bright sunlight or overcast, the rich starkness of the figures’ forms silhouettes against the warm, pale sea and this is the most important image I hold in my emotional and visual memory. After returning to the studio in London and working from scribbles made on the beach, I wanted the drawings and paintings to reflect these figures and scenes as I saw them.”

The finished artworks combines charcoal drawings layered on separate substrates of mylar*, with acrylic paints for the background textures.

bathers sketch VII, Charcoal and acrylic on layers of mylar, 31cm x 41cm
bathers sketch VII, Charcoal and acrylic on layers of mylar, 31cm x 41cm

  Collating the layers for each drawing were selected according to each image and the decision regarding where to introduce the coloured backgrounds plays the same roll as would be choosing a paint hue.

Because the layering is integral to the overall piece, this should be evident and so the drawings are now being mounted in box frames. We’ve opted for perspex units in some cases, a more contemporary style, in addition,  echoing the reflective element of the water. 

Handling these works in charcoal on mylar has required a considered and a confident hand. We have to thank our framer, as mounting these delicate drawings posed several issues where we were grateful for her guidance and experience.

For Andrew Holmes website, please see : 

http://www.andrewholmes.co.uk

For information regarding works currently exhibiting in Galleries, or to contact Andrew, please email info@andrewholmes.co.uk

© AB Holmes 2015, All rights reserved.

 

* Mylar is better known in some countries as a translucent polyester draughting film.

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