About me

'Work In Progress' Preview Vote Winner & Judges Choice Runner-Up Prize Upfront Arts Open Exhibition 2019
'Work In Progress' Preview Vote Winner & Judges Choice Runner-Up Prize Upfront Arts Open Exhibition 2019

 

As a contemporary artist of more than 30 years, I draw on my experience from working as a specialist decorator which afforded me innumerable opportunities to collect waste materials such as scraps of wallpaper, dried paint, coloured sawdust and used sandpaper. I also use objects discovered within in my local environment, some found discarded and some naturally occurring weathered materials. These components are utilised in a variety of ways to create multi-layered, highly-detailed works of sculptural abstract art. 

 

Each artwork begins with a visual representation of an experience as a foundation, on to which may be applied dozens of layers of additional material. The backgrounds are mostly obscured and ambiguous, leaving the observer to imagine how they relate to the highly detailed, sculpted surface. Each lamina is treated to create a specific effect and finish, dependent on its position and significance within the artwork. The surface processes may involve the repeated application of different types of detailed painting and colour wash, relief carving, cutting, tearing, abrading and burning.

 

Carlisle Living November 2018
Daniel Ibbotson

 

My material manipulation techniques have been developed experimentally through processes transposed from my decorating craftsmanship. The use of recovered materials, amalgamated with emotive recollections of my immersion in the landscape, provides me with unlimited opportunities to create textural layers in my art which in turn reflect my gathering and collecting of inspiring elements of my own life experiences. In my exploration of artistic experimental process, I will sometimes recycle and reuse canvases to reflect new experiences, thus creating a stream of inherited memories within the piece. The final outcome is intended as an ongoing, serendipitous experience for the observer as the work reveals its infinitesimal detail captured within the strata over time. 

 

The narrative in the organic-like layers of my abstractions echo my resonance with the ambiguity of everyday life; seen, hidden and implied. All my artworks contain rhythms derived from personal experiences and pay homage to the disciplines of my past, including my vocations as a professional footballer, dance teacher, specialist decorator and also from being a father to two children. Like the materials I collect for use at some time in the future, my life experiences and emotional records may have no particular prominence or intent at the time of collection but re-emerge when triggered by my reflective scrutiny of life in the context of the wider landscapes.

 

Observers frequently comment that my attention to detail and the deliberate placement of minutia becomes more apparent with time so that the artwork resolves its initial apparent ambiguity through an ongoing narrative with the viewer. In this way, each artwork represents a period of discovery in my own life and includes my commentary on the ever changing world around us all.

 

 

Palazzo di Mao 2018 mixed media 122 x 122 cm Judges Choice Winner Upfront arts Gallery Open Exhibition 2018
Palazzo di Mao 2018 mixed media 122 x 122 cm Judges Choice Winner Upfront arts Gallery Open Exhibition 2018

 

In addition to producing my own art for sale, I am also an Official Artist for the World Health Innovation Summit