Mark Reeves

"Prior to attending my degree course, I had been experimenting with painting in a cloisonné style not unlike the styles of Patrick Caulfield (1936 - 2005) and Valerio Adami (b 1935) but using mixed media.

At art college (Brighton Polytechnic - now Brighton University) I developed this style further by continuing to paint using bold, block colours but now using Liquitex acrylic paint on stretched canvas and without the black outlines.

After graduating in 1982 I continued to paint in this style for a couple of years and sold a few paintings, but then focussed on a career that involved writing, arranging, performing and teaching music.

In 2002 I decided to try my hand at watercolour painting, initially drawing inspiration from photographs I'd taken during a holiday in Majorca, then indulging in a watercolour painting holiday organised by Andrew John Studio in southern Spain at the end of the summer.

I returned to painting in acrylics in 2011 using a stripped-down figurative style of painting similar to my earlier work, but now concentrating on portraits of my favourite rock, pop and jazz musicians. Conventionally, an artist might chat to the sitter whilst their portrait is being created in their presence, resulting in the subject’s personality becoming captured within the image. My portraits, however, are painted to a backdrop of the “sitter’s” music playing, which enables me to encapsulate in a painterly fashion my personal interpretation of their musical identity.

My nudes are more abstract than my portraits; they are full of ambiguities that invite the viewer into the scene to explore and then draw their own conclusions."

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