My paintings are mostly landscapes and urban scenes and figurative. My plan-as in Oxford before-with old trade routes such as canals,rivers,paths,bridges and woods in search of new,often ,undiscovered motifs. All with an emphasis on nature and its elements.
A strong emphasis of my work is on experimenting and finding new techniques by utilizing a variety of mediums and materials.It opens up to me a more innovative way of painting,reflecting the vibrancy of the landscapes that are my subjects.
At the moment I am using graphite, charcoal and ink for preliminary studies and sketchs, trying to capture the most salient lines and shades.Then, it is back to the studio,using these quick sketchs as monoprints or monotypes.This then enables me to return to the scene to paint the more fleeting aspects of nature.A crossover between studies,creating rough sketchs and the painting is an ongoing process for me.
I am using oil paint, oil pastel, gouashe, ink, and watercolour,but I am looking for new materials to discover and planning to make more use of printing presses,the vast array of different types of paper and materials on my travels.
To highlight just a few of my most recent influences: all from over four hundred years of landscapes painting, there are the British Neo-Romantics such as Paul Nash and John Piper who participated in the Recording Britain Project in 1940, and the Barbizon School of painters as well as the German Expressionists e.g. Emile Nolde.Medieval stained glass and Tudor portraits especialy X-rayed images of Tudor portraits have an influence on my figurative work.
Born in Oxford, I have lived in the city all my life.I have been encouraged to paint and draw from an early age.I explored much of art through self-study and workshops run by local art schools and artists after work and on weekends.Growing up just on the outskirts of the centre of Oxford,with the nearby countryside as my backyard has made me feel in touch with what were later to become my painting subjects.
Oxford Artsweek and East Oxford Artweek Events(annual events)
Jam factory, Oxford
Kieren Stiles Studio
Oxford Said Business School,Oxford (Oxford in Transition) with Nicola Jenkins.
The Old Town Hall, Market Place, Faringdon Oxfordshire-May 2017
Dounan Art Museum, Kunming, china -
Represented by Pashmin Art Gallery, Hamburg, Germany. 16 Dec - 15 Jan 2018
Reality, Illusion, Grotesque. Pashmin Art Gallery, Hamburg. 27 May - 29 June 2018