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Saturday, 11 May 2019
Peter Saul. Funk Artist.
I have a particular liking for this type of disjointed, stream of consciousness, painting. Rather than looking at a subject and recreating it in 2D, the subject is invented, images amassed, and the resulting combination brought together to create a whole.
85 year old American painter Peter Saul was the first artist I encountered who took this to extremes, and, as a student, I found it very exciting. I later discovered Ron Kitaj (also American), who did much the same thing, combined with philosophy and exquisite draughtsmanship.
Saul's work later became highly coloured, political, and cartoon-like, and (for me) it lost much of its cutting edge.
His work is socially aware, insolent, and punchy. Another painter whose work I'd very much like to see hanging on my walls.
The difference between an optimist and a pessimist, is that the optimist enjoys himself whilst waiting for the inevitable! I AM that optimist!
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I was born just south of London, but for the past 50 years I've lived in S W France. I am a painter by profession, and writer by desire. Lady Magnon and I live between an ancient cottage in a tiny village in perfectly tranquil French countryside, and a bijou townhouse in Brighton UK. In France we have plenty of fruit trees, all situated amongst a view that takes the breath away, in the UK we have a handkerchief sized patio. We also have a Border Collie called Billy. I try to treat our planet with respect, and encourage others to do likewise (without preaching).
Contentment is a glass of red, a plate of charcuterie, and a slice of good country bread. Perfect!