Every now and again I send people one of these images, and recipients are entranced, or more than that, fascinated.
I found information on the artists who are a married couple living near Bath in England.
Here is a selection of the overused word ‘unique’ work, but in this case entirely justified.
What follows are images, contact information with a few notes on the artists.
Paints in oil on panel and gilds her work with 24ct. English gold leaf in the tradition of the Medieval manuscripts. Inspiration for her extraordinarily intricate, lyrical paintings is drawn from her native landscape - the flora and fauna and the changing seasons, and her Celtic inheritance.
She endeavours to capture the elusive Wild Magic that is the genius loci - the spirit unique to each place.
Her paintings are a celebration of, and a homage to, Nature. She works in the tradition of the Mystic Visionaries, from William Blake, Samuel Palmer, Richard Jeffries, through to Cedric Morris, Kathleen Raine and Robin Tanner, and believes this pattern in painting and writing to be a thread through time, existing metaphysically as a united body of consciousness.
F . J O H N O W E N
Light, air and transience infuse John's paintings.
The challenge is to create a sense of space, depth
and atmosphere from paint, transforming an ordinary,
everyday scene into an extraordinary moment of
vision. John paints in both oils and water-colours,
making detailed sketches from life, wherever his
travels take him, then working up his paintings in
the studio. The impasto paint is often worked into,
creating a textured finish and another dimension.
Igniting light in a two dimensional painting by
manipulating base pigment is an alchemy that
has engaged artists through the centuries and is
still an aim of painters whether figurative or abstract.
Each painting is a small world within a frame
After spending long summers in Italy and finding
there was time be creative in another medium,
John has been writing under the pen-name
Freddie Owen. Please go to the bottom of this
website to find out more about the two books....
'What Ho! Giotto' ( www.Lulu.com as a paperback)
and 'THE WOODSTOCK TALES' ....
both are available www.amazon.co.uk paperbacks or
as Kindle ebooks or www.barnesandnoble.com.
M I S T A N D F O G
After many years of 'chasing the light' in painting, in this series of paintings John has been making a study of more subtle light and atmosphere. Fog, mist and snow limits the palette - it leads to more subtle tones. The dog walkers on Minchinhampton Common or the snowy lanes of Chalford are just glimpsed through the layers of misty light adding a mystery to the everyday scene - the subsequent paintings exude the calmness of quiet contemplation or meditation.
TO CONTACT THE OWENS
The Old Chapel, Marle Hill, Chalford, Stroud, Gloucestershire GL6 8PN, United Kingdom
HOW TO GET THERE
Marle Hill is in Chalford, on the A419 between Stroud and Cirencester..... (GL6 8PN for sat nav)
All text and images copyright © John and Fiona Owen 2009