James Tebbutt

My current work demonstrates my ongoing exploration of the medium of paint. Varying styles of paint application – the drip the splatter, the expressionistically painted, the flat, the cartoon like, the smooth, the rough, all created with different types of paint, jostle for position on the finished canvas, desperate for a place in the ‘final cut’. Areas of paint, objects and various marks are laid down as I work then perhaps painted out as the work evolves and the composition develops. Happy accidents are as an integral part of the work as the clean and crisp or the neatly painted, one offsetting the other. The process of painting being equal too if not more significant than the chosen visual references and motifs.

The imagery used is drawn from a wide variety of sources, including magazines, the internet, photographs, news media, and art historical. This reflects not only my own wide ranging interests but also the wide range of visual stimulus in the world around me. It is these images, their relationship with each other and their relationship with the more abstract, expressionist, paint marks that interests me.

The resultant paintings are not planned through to completion before they are started but instead develop and evolve with a stream of consciousness which links the eclectic component images together. As a result the paintings can have many narratives and are open to a multitude of possible interpretations.