The effect of "like-minds"are powerful and when people with the same vision and drive come together to form a group the results are always explosive! The Plein Air Brotherhood is such a group. We came together to form this group because we believe so strongly in Plein Air work and the sheer joy that painting outdoor brings! Roy Connelly got the group going and growing, he says, he sees us pursuing a common goal of high quality figurative painting from direct observation.Adebanji painting
Earlier this year we all decided to have our first exhibition and I was really glad when A & K Wilson Gallery in Harpenden decided to host our paintings! I traveled to Harpenden, Henley and Chiswick to get some of the paintings in this exhibition done and also from my local studio area at Chelsea. The rest of the group have paintings from all over the UK, painted entirely outdoors under all weather conditions. To see the complete works in the exhibition click HERE
Tuesday, September 06, 2011
The Plein Air Brotherhood
Adebanji paints as he sketches with vitality, energy, deep concentration and flair! The results of his pieces are always alive and vibrant, the on-looker is served with reality seen in a shorthand of fluid painterly brushstrokes with blazing colour!
Anthony paints with a calligraphic rendition of mark-making that breaks down the most complicated scene into an almost mosaic jigged fusion of paint on board or canvas. Alive, is the word when you behold his pieces!
Roy is a sensitive painter, choosing to combine lean under-painting with sudden streaks of alarming bold, thick colours-it's drama and mystery combined!
Never have I seen a painter so bold in application. Unpretentious is the word, very much like the Russian painters who gleaned the late 1800's and early 1900's. He lays those flat shapes as he sees them, I'll love to borrow his eyes!
Definitely one of the rising stars of the Plein Air Kingdom, he paints with a very calm, composed and classical approach, the results are always soothing, atmospheric and relaxing!
He is a very powerful member of the group, taking on painting with so much desire, watching him paint is a delight- his brush strokes flow with skillful thoughtfulness, the effect is always beautiful to behold!
The exhibition took place at A & K Wilson Gallery Harpenden-to see the complete works click HERE
Below are a few shots of the Group, hope you enjoy!
The Artist Magazine had a FULL SPREAD article about the group in this months issue, make sure you grab a copy of the September Issue of The Artists Magazine.
There was also coverage in the local news
If you are in London, get to Harpenden only 30 minutes from Kings Cross St Pancras-you'll love it! The exhibition runs runs from 1st September to 30th September.