The ART of the 2 JBs at The Gallery Upstairs Two members of Poole and East Dorset Art Society, John Britton and John Biggs, are coming together to put on an exhibition of their work at The Gallery Upstairs, from 5th to 15th September 2014. Whilst their particular styles can be distinguished, both have a similar approach to painting, in their choice of subject, and their use of materials and colour. The art of the 2 JBs looks good together. John Biggs says, “I’ve always admired John’s work for its originality and his masterly use of texture and colour. When I undertook to do an exhibition, John Britton was the obvious choice of partner.” The Gallery is located above the Tea Rooms at Upton Country Park. Entrance and parking are free. It is open daily from 10:30 to 4:00pm and 4:30 at weekends. John Britton: I work in wide range of media and at different scales, often incorporating various forms of texture to enhance the visual experience. I am known for a distinctive use of colour and a recognisable style, despite the range of subjects I depict.I am striving to make my work more abstract, but aim to ensure that it is meaningful and that the viewer can relate the picture to its title. Much of my representational work is in response to my visits to Venice and is often based on evocative paintings of that magical place at night. My detailed knowledge of Dorset and in particular the Isle of Purbeck acquired over many years, has enabled me to represent its landscape, coastline and the human impact on both. I have been inspired by apparently disparate artists such as JMW Turner, Ben Nicholson, Howard Hodgkin and Nicholas de Stael. Artistic teaching under the umbrella of the former Bournemouth Arts Institute plus the guidance of the Dorset artists Dr Brian Graham, Peter Joyce and Robert Woolner have all helped me greatly to to develop my own artistic ability and style. John Biggs: My art has become a more important part of my life and an essential part of my creative drive, as painting, drawing and stone sculpture occupy more of my time and thought. I love to experiment with subjects, materials and techniques and I am still working on freeing up my style. Coming from a professional background in the design of the built environment, my art tended to emerge from architectural and urban subjects. More recently I have explored landscape, land art and sculpture. My fascination with an economy of line has been influenced by the work of Paul Klee, John Piper, Ben Nicholson, Paul Nash and Graham Sutherland. Latterly I have admired the current work of Jeremy Gardiner and Kurt Jackson. My local inspiration and guidance has come from Andrew Hope, Abi Kremer, Penny Balding and Frances Hatch. Like most artists I am striving to find a personal stamp of identity. I am borrowing from those who delight me and hope always to express my own emotional and philosophical language and experiences. The discipline of putting on an exhibition of this size has been an enormous boost to achieving that.
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