‘Starting points for the paintings are quite often the faded graphics in 50’s and 60’s magazines and often there is a fair amount of ‘pop’ ephemera buried in the resulting imagery. Paintings start fairly chaotic but are gradually ‘tamed’ however the temptation to reach a finished outcome too quickly is often difficult to resist. Initial shapes and collage material lie half-concealed under washes of colour-half eroded and scratched away, and what may appear spontaneous in the work often requires destruction, obliteration, reworking and refining.
The limited edition prints in the exhibition are a new development and incorporate layers of collage and paint combined with photo screen prints. Whilst starting points are generally photographs the screenprints themselves are unique as they are hand finished using paint and collage material.
Most of the work in the online exhibition can be seen in a special exhibition in the windows of the Sprout Art Gallery in Moyser Road Furzedown Wandsworth. SW16 6SQ. [www.sproutarts.com] Tuesday May 26th to Saturday June 6th. The shutters will be open for viewing from 11.00am till 5.00pm, (closed Sundays and Mondays)’
Steve Owen studied Fine Art Painting at Wimbledon School of Art before embarking on a career teaching Art in secondary schools and FE colleges.