Lot 541 - William Sherval - Mike
Gouache and Ink on Paper
A6 (15x10cm) Original Artwork
Signed on Verso
I graduated from Gray’s school of art. My main interest is portraiture. i re-imagine photographs using ink and then gouache.
The Photos I use are of people close to me, random people in the street or from the vantage point of top floor on the bus. I also use found material, objects that have come into my procession by chance or that have been purchased online.
My main influences would be Alice Neel, Alexander Guy, Edvard Munch, Henry Taylor, Marelene Dumas and Luc Tymans.
Gray's School of Art
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
My work is flat and has a graphic element to it. I sometimes incorporate the under painting into the final outcome. This is because I find it pleasing to contrast mark making differences between ink and paint. As well as the physical difference between the two on the paper itself. I often work on the figure first and then the background or vice versa. I have a rather flexible process, nearly all of the paintings i have done this year have been an impulse and have had no prior working out. I do believe in keeping a sketchbook however and draw from life whenever i can. Irregular patterns such as brickwork or pavements are a reoccurring theme in my work. I have an affinity with walking around as I do a lot of it in Edinburgh. I vary from busier backgrounds to nothing at all. I work in a some what sequential manner, I find it to be a pleading way of looking at work visually and often see the works I make as a continual series of work.
The painting named Mike was a photo of a friend. Aśka is copied from a passport photo I found in a newsagents.
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