Description This mixed media painting started life when I was the guest demonstrator for an Art Society here in Perth. I was explaining how I love colour and texture and went a bit overboard using all sorts of different textural effects.
I didn't work on it again for ages and ages until a friend said she had been asked to give a lecture on 'art' and wanted to have 2 very different style artworks on easels on the podium. She would do a 'traditional realism' painting and could I just knock her up one of my abstract style ones where the colours go in and out over the textures? How could I refuse such an offer?
So I rediscovered this work which already had a lot of texture in the ground and I started sticking things on and 'bending' my colours over the textures as she had requested. This is the result. I asked my husband what did he think of when he looked at it and he muttered something about 'vaguely underwater stuff' so that's what I called it!
The original painting won an award for the best contemporary artwork in an art show - it has been sold.
Chris Marshall, Perth, Western Australia Member Since August 2006 Artist Statement Hi there, I'm Chris Marshall, an award-winning contemporary artist living in Perth, Western Australia - mad about colour, texture and the world around me. I have fun with my art, love to experiment and let my art come from deep within me so every artwork has something of me in it. (It drives my husband, Steve nuts - says he doesn't know where my head is at!). I also feel a strong attachment to my artworks, like to feel that I have connected with my buyers and that the images have gone to good homes. Weird huh??
My art? I tend to think in layers and am fascinated by the blend of the traditional and the new. I am inspired by colour, texture and the world around me and love to abstract from it and weave different aspects together to produce an integrated idea, view or statement. Most of my artworks are drawings, acrylic or mixed media paintings, photographs or digital art. The latter allows me to mix my media even more by combining my paintings, drawings and photographs and work with my light pen producing digital prints thus bringing together different strands of my life (computing background and love of art and photography). I have won many awards for both my paintings and my digital art.
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Something about me? Well, I was born in the UK and migrated to Australia with my parents in 1965. In 1999 my father died of cancer just 14 weeks after first diagnosed. I had been working hard, travelling away a lot and probably had not been taking much notice of what was happening around me. My father’s death made me reassess my own life. Shortly afterwards my husband and I went to Broome in the north of Western Australia for a few days and, whilst walking on Cable Beach I remarked how, if a person was at all creative, the colours of the Kimberley were absolutely inspirational; they made you want to paint. He said "Why don’t you?”. I said all the usual stuff about couldn’t draw a straight line etc but he said “Just do it”, and that started me thinking “why not?”
So … I took up art as my New Year's resolution for the new millenium having worked in Information Technology for many years. My first art teacher took us ‘out and about”, teaching perspective by looking down the street or out to sea; he taught me to see (really see), to feel the colours and told me to immerse myself in art – it was a completely life-changing experience for me; the blinkers fell from my eyes and I have never looked back.
Steve (my photographer husband) and I have an arts business, Marshall Arts which, among other things, is contracted to manage Atwell Arts Centre & Gallery in Perth, Western Australia for the Melville Community Arts Association. With 5 other artists from there I share a studio at the stunning Heathcote precinct in Applecross, Perth. My artist friend, Debra Scidone and I also have an arts business called Exponential Expressions. I am a member of the Alfred Cove Art Society in Perth and also a member of the Webists - a worldwide group of artists who exhibit together online and in real life.