13th February - 20 March 2015View Exhibition E-Catalogue
An Exhibition of Figurative Works by Three Leading Artists trained in the sight-size technique practised by John Singer Sargent
For 17 years, Fine Art Commissions has been the only portrait agency in the UK to hand-pick artists who have shown a consistent and original flare for traditional portrait painting. Contemporary Masters will not only showcase the leading artists who have been trained in Florence, but will also champion Sargent's enduring legacy, reinstating the value of the sight-size method for figurative artists today.
Sara Stewart, Founder of Fine Art Commissions
Contemporary Masters celebrates the work of three of my former pupils, Nicky Philipps, Jamie Routley and Jamie Coreth.
Charles H. Cecil
Every time one looks at a subject, it is possible to compress what one is seeing into sets of tones, harmonies of colour, rhythms of line and so on. This is the language of the profession of painting. The formalities of the academic tradition translate into a foundation for eloquence in art. I try to remain as honest as I can to the impression of nature since it provides both opportunities for creativity and elegant solutions to visual problems.
To be able to paint figuratively, it is essential to be able to draw. Many artists slip up with the more complex subject of painting, without undertaking a profound education in drawing. Training the eye and constant practice with pencil or charcoal will increase perception of form and tone - the basis for any painting. Sight-size is the method I was taught in Florence and is undoubtedly the reason I became a painter.
I paint my sitters as I see and experience them and inevitably how they experience me. The process of collaboration between artist and sitter and the documentation of that time is paramount to my work; each painting being a record of our experience. I believe it's this element that helps set portrait painting apart from other forms of representational media.