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Summertime and Blue Poles

In my opinion, one of the greatest painters of the last century is Jackson Pollock.  I don’t know what it is, but when I see a Pollock painting it just stirs all kinds of emotions in me.  I remember going to the Tate Modern in London years ago and at the time I had no idea what to expect.  I was just walking around in awe at some of the art on display and thinking to myself WTF at other installations.  Just meaning there were some things that I just didn’t get.

Not long before I had visited the gallery I had seen the movie with Ed Harris titled ‘Pollock’, which was basically when I fell in love with abstract expressionism and foremost Pollock’s work, so you can imagine how I felt when I walked around the corner and ‘Summertime’ smacked me in the eyeballs.

Summertime: Number 9A 1948 by Jackson Pollock 1912-1956

I remembered the painting from the movie when Pollock posed in front of it for the picture which was included in a feature in ‘Life’ magazine.  I think this was probably the first time I had ever been so amazed and moved by any painting or artwork that I had ever seen and I have seen a lot of beautiful paintings.

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A second beautiful painting by Pollock is ‘Blue Poles’ when you see it in books and photos, you just don’t realise how big it is.  Unfortunately, I haven’t seen this piece and I expect I will never be fortunate enough to get to Australia and see it, but you never know.  Here’s a little video about it by the person who looks after the painting.

 

I suppose seeing ‘Blue Poles’ would be much like seeing ‘Summertime’ which is also a massive painting, with a massive statement.  It was after seeing this painting that I knew I had to work on big surfaces myself to be able to express myself properly, so that’s what I do as much as possible.  I don’t have space now, but I want a nice big studio one day.

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James Presley – Sensual is Sensitive (2017) Painting, 80x60x1.8 cm

 

I believe art can be a learned process, it is also natural and a matter of what we see, feel and where we allow our hands to dance on the canvas, or our hands dance without the our minds controlling them. You can learn the techniques but you cannot learn to tell your mind to be satisfied with the techniques you have learned. When I am with the paintbrush, I always feel like we are dancing together, sometimes harmoniously sometimes against each other. Sometimes we are dancing the Tango, sometimes a Waltz, sometimes we caress each other to a slow romantic dance and sometimes we are in aggressive moments of passion. If there is harmony, it is possible to produce something which shows harmony, if there is no harmony then you may as well put the brush down until you feel it come back.

Source: James Presley – Sensual is Sensitive (2017) Painting, 80x60x1.8 cm

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James Presley – New Works Added

Take a peek at my gallery, I have uploaded some new works.  You can click on the link below.  I have also uploaded some videos to my other gallery.  You can take a peek by clicking here.  You’ll have to forgive the commentary on some of them, there isn’t any because the music I was playing in the background was copyrighted.

Source: James Presley – Large and Small Abstracts

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Fresh off the Paintbrush

I started to gradually return to my old techniques now that I have a bit more room to dance again.  So I have produced 3 more pieces with a bit of the splashing going on.  I have always enjoyed this because you can create some amazing things.  Well, I think you can anyway.

Here are 3 of my latest pieces fresh of the paintbrush.  One medium sized painting and two small ones.

Medium sized painting: Devonshire Cat, Two; Small: Leftovers #1 and #2

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An Artist’s Philosophy

 

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“I believe art can be a learned process, it is also natural and a matter of what we see, feel and where we allow our hands to dance on the canvas, or our hands dance without our minds controlling them. You can learn the techniques but you cannot learn to tell your mind to be satisfied with the techniques you have learned. When I am with the paintbrush, I always feel like we are dancing together, sometimes harmoniously sometimes against each other. Sometimes we are dancing the Tango, sometimes a Waltz, sometimes we caress each other to a slow romantic dance and sometimes we are in aggressive moments of passion. If there is harmony, it is possible to produce something which shows harmony, if there is no harmony then you may as well put the brush down until you feel it come back.”

By James Presley

 

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