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RICHARD STRALEY
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Field edges

 

My early education at Art college and University, 1964 - 1974, prepared me for a career in Further Education lecturing in GCE/A Level art and Fine Art Painting at Foundation and Access level, in London, Lancashire and Gloucestershire. After almost 30 years I have now retired to concentrate on painting and printmaking.

In common with most creative people I am influenced by many artists, writers and musicians. Over the years as your work matures and you age your interests change. I now find I am more drawn towards the stronger message and the depth of emotion in the writing of Mervyn Peake, the poetry of T.S Eliot, and the music of John Tavener and Philip Glass. However throughout my creative life I have loved the painting of Samuel Palmer. His painting 'Returning home from Church', travels with me wherever I go.


Horizon stripes


Landscape
I have always been concerned with painting as ‘Poetic Consciousness’ and in my work I have sought to explore what I feel is subtle, unique and profound in my relationship with landscape.

I am moved by places which show evidence of man’s passing; in particular ancient sites, abandoned settlements, lines, scrapings, circles, paths, edges and clumps, pathways and ploughing and tilling. This marked surface conveys to me a sense of the passing of time and of age which we associate with belonging to a place. The sense that what we see is part of a continuing cycle without end or beginning.

As a painter I try to push my technique and materials as far as I am able, painting in loose textured washes on A1 sheet of heavily textured paper. My colours are sometimes mixed with pure pigment and often the painted surface is severely distressed. To enhance the texture I use masking fluid, emulsion paint, wax, inks, dyes, and drawn and incised lines. Occasionally I add varnish to the paint or the paint surface to deepen the image and bring out the subtleties of the colour.

 

Digitally enhanced images.

 


 

As an artist I realise the wider appeal of the smaller individually produced and more accessable print and I accept modern art technology and try to make full use of digital photography, and the wonders of Photoshop.

 

 

The images I use are taken from my watercolour landscape paintings, scanned in to my computer and manipulated with Photoshop. They are then resized and printed on A4 Epson Archive Matte 192gm paper with an Epson D120 printer using Durabrite Pigment Inks which are water and fade proof.

 

 

Each print is within an A4 mount, numbered, named, signed and dated and limited to an edition of 200.

5in x 5in Cards (signed image), are supplied with envelope.

The prints shown here are digitally manipulated images developed from my paintings, and they relate in particular to my current interest in walls, gravestones and sacred places.

It has been claimed that stone holds the collective memory and consciousness of those who came before us and who, maybe for thousands of years, celebrated their rituals here, using these places for visions and to talk to the Holy One. This, it is said, can account for the very special atmosphere found in places of worship.

 

 

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Pricing guide:

Original paintings start at around £95 for 12" x 9"; paintings are on 300lb paper, framed and mounted. Also available as 12" x 9" Limited edition, mounted prints starting at £80.

Digital prints start at £2 for 7" x 5" and cards are supplied with an envelope. Cards are printed on Archival paper with water and fade resistant ink.