In our current Spring Exhibition we are introducing a new artist to the gallery, Jonathan Koetsier. Jonathan is based in St. Andrews, Scotland and graduated from Falmouth University in 2017 with an MA in Illustration having also graduated a year before from BA in Drawing also at Falmouth University.
For our Spring exhibition we are featuring his dramatic still life works
“I notice an object that is beautiful to me, I begin to remember all my experiences of that object, and I am reminded of being six. I think about how interesting it is that patterns of light can be read in such a way. I am fascinated by the differences I find between the way that I see something and the way that somebody else see it.
I arrange and select three plums, a jam jar, and a butter knife. I love jam and have many fond memories of picking fruit to make homemade jam, or simply having jam on toast after a long day in the studio. Visually, I am drawn to the beautiful purples and reds of the fruit, and the red and white of the lid on the jam jar. I take my subjects into the studio, and I position a makeshift light on my still life stage as a theatre director. I don’t stop until I am in love with the setup, drawing out the visual aspects in my subjects that I am attracted to, and building an effective composition. I continue to arrange and rearrange until I am excited to paint.
I draw my arrangement, measuring, and carefully marking the parameters of each object. I begin to mix colour, forgetting everything but the visual of my subject, seeing not a plum, but patterns of light and colour. The work becomes abstract in process, no longer seeing objects but patches of light, which I carefully observe, mixing and placing shapes of paint on the panel. I am finished when the first sensation that compelled me to paint has been expressed.
As I look back on my work I see three aspects in conversation, paint on a surface that is visually beautiful in it’s own right, marks that record actions of painting and all my thoughts that go with that, and a seen in subject with all it’s individual associations. All three aspects come together to form the experience of seeing one of my paintings.” – Jonathan Koetsier March 2018
All of Jonathan’s work can be seen on our website here: http://www.beside-the-wave.co.uk/artists/21046/c/9/jonathan-koetsier/paintings-drawings