Gudrun Ståhl Sharpley
"The good painter has to paint two principal things, that is to say, man and the intention of his mind. The first is easy and the second difficult, because the latter has to be represented through gestures and movements of the limbs." (MK388) From: Leonardo da Vinci: The Graphic Work, p16, J Nathan and F Zöllner I know that is rather bold, but it sums up my approach to art. I am a British figurative artist of Scandinavian descent who revels in working with figures and faces, shapes and colours, focussing on movement within my work as my main theme. The above quote sums up what I strive for; the effortless movement within my work, be it subliminal in a seemingly static pose or actual movement, as well as emotion in figures and portraits. With a business management background, and no formal art training I thrive on pushing my capabilities and ideas in a variety of media and processes. I have exhibited locally and nationally and have work in private collections in Europe and USA. Currently I have an archive of photographs from my late father who was a professional photographer. The collection is disparate in subject matter, but coherent in the sense that the time examined is about 1950-60s. I am using this to develop series of related work in a variety of media with a view to exhibiting them in the future. As the quote suggests Leonardo da Vinci has had a great influence on my work, along with many others from 19th century through to contemporary artists, so many that the list would be very long. However, I shall mention George Bellows, John Singer Sargent, Egon Schiele, Emil Nolde’s use of colours, as well as Abstract Expressionism, Clyfford Still in particular, as some of my main influences. Please contact me directly if you would like to discuss my work.