IAN FENNELLY

    I studied painting at Wimbledon School of Art and gained a 1st Class Honours degree. After graduating I worked as a drawing office manager for several years which gave me the opportunity to develop my drawing skills. I’ve always been attracted to the urban environment, and I love the feel of a busy city. I paint very quickly and loosely, but it must happen within the context of an accurate drawing, which holds the paint in.

    I am married with two children and live near the coast in Hoylake, on The Wirral. I work from a light and airy studio overlooking the beach and often work on several pictures at once which enables me to plan the colours, and allows different ideas to bounce off each other. I use photographs and on site drawings to plan compositions and draft out ideas. Part of this information gathering is travelling to different cities which is really important.

    Inspiration for my paintings comes from visiting places, spending time there, meeting people and getting honked at by buses. But when I paint, the subject is just the starting point; it’s the battle on the paper that’s really exciting. Colours, shapes, lines and patterns are all jockeying for position, while the water flows within the textured grooves of the heavy Fabriano paper. This is what’s really exciting. The image will inevitably come through, sometimes in spite of my efforts, because it’s painting itself that really inspires me.

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