Garth Bayley - Artist Statement
I choose to work predominantly in oils because of the richness of the colours and the consistency achieved by layering the paint with a combination of brush and palette use resulting in a rich texture. My use of colour and light is influenced by my African heritage in relation to vibrancy and spatial elements.
More recently as Artist in Residence I have been experimenting with 3D work. I use clay like I use paint- layering and loose and incorporating skip finds and taxidermy. Here I restrained my pallet focusing on form.
I work loosely with bold colours showing form and movement. My subjects are diverse ranging from sport and dance to abstracted landscape. My landscapes are drawn from emotions when visiting a site and often include derelict buildings or left over manmade debris. I use personal experiences to create beautifully expressive canvases evoking both emotional and physical sensuality. The overriding theme is reinterpreting and allowing captured glimpses into my everyday experiences.
I draw inspiration from images in the media, life drawing and my own photography. I work from sketches and directly from images as well as painting plein air.