Tuesday, September 06, 2011

The Plein Air Brotherhood

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.
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



THE PAINTERS



ADEBANJI ALADE



Adebanji painting


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!



Summer Light, The Classic Bridge Chiswick




ANTHONY BRIDGE



Anthony Painting


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!



Dusk over Pink



ROY CONNELLY


Roy Painting


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!


Carousel at Night (SOLD)


JOHN DOBBS


John Painting


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!


Gwenver Beach (SOLD)-Prof Ken Howard added this to his Prestigious Collection



DAVID PILGRIM

David Painting


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!


Kynance Cove



KARL TERRY

Karl Painting


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!


Beckley Birch Trees




THE EXHIBITION
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!



Prof Ken Howard with The Plein Air Brotherhood


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

The Plein Air Brotherhood



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.



Prof Ken Howard with Anthony Bridge

12 comments:

Valérie Pirlot said...

Congratulations for the show Adebanji. I like your post and the way you describe each painter so well. I love your bridge painting on this post, I think to my opinion this might be your best painting ever! Nice pics of the evening, I just wish you would settle a bit put the backpack down! Were you on your way to do a quick night session plein air or what?;)

adebanji said...

Thanks Valerie, I was very relaxed while doing that Bridge painting, nothing on my mind, just calm and under a nice shady area. I was happy with the result.
About the backpack- I only realised I had it on when I saw the pictures, typical me being restless!

Balaji said...

This is a very nice post...and your own painting (of the bridge) is wonderful!

adebanji said...

Thanks Balaji!

Tim Robinson said...

Everyone is so talented. Thanks for sharing.

adebanji said...

Thanks Tim!

Nora MacPhail said...

All of you are so talented! Great stuff! Great group!

adebanji said...

Thanks Nora!

Marlene Lee said...

These are absolutely gorgeous!

adebanji said...

Thanks Marlene!

Susan Roux said...

I really liked your bridge painting. This looked like a wonderful event.

adebanji said...

Thanks Susan!