Gareth Kemp

Gareth Kemp


I see my paintings as fictional landscapes. They often reference the work of other artists such as Caspar David Friedrich, Francisco Goya or Frederic Edwin Church.   These paintings also draw upon memories of growing up in a remote part of wales. The titles often come from songs, - music is often an important and complimentary reference point for me.

I spend many hours carefully planning the assemblage of elements in each painting, a process of mentally cutting and pasting between photographic sources. This method results in repetitions and occlusions, recurrences of motifs and, frequently, a blurring between foreground and background. My paintings are built up in layers. The paint in each zone within a composition is given a consciously different treatment.

Together with the autobiographical significance that they carry, the finished works address my experience of the process of their painting and the decisions I have taken along the path, embracing that which is rigorously thought through, unplanned, or sometimes accidental.

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Location Liverpool, North West
Activities Practice-based research, Studio practice
Artforms / type of project Drawing, Painting
Tags Painter, Artist

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