Ready for Battle
Painting #1 Preparatory sketch, (reminiscent of Minas Tirith or the Tower of Babel) which may well change as the painting develops
(Excuse the blur!!)
Starting with white acrylic loosely brushed onto board to create subtle textural marks, Adrian then adds a darker wash and black sketch marks
May 2018: A Tour Through The Fantastical World Of Adrian Sykes
Bristol-based artist Adrian Sykes treated us to a cracking demonstration, an entertaining and informative evening that was a perfect blend of imagination and technique. His ideosyncratic work often includes fantastical cityscapes conveyed in vivid colours and textural detail and may include elements of events suggestive of some long-forgotten folk tale or dream, almost a strange cross between Paul Klee, Breughel and the Renaissance. Looking at his completed paintings it might not be at all clear how they came about or the stages of construction involved. Fortunately Adrian is a natural teacher and was able to enlighten us, courtesy of three paintings that had already reached some of the waymarks along the route to completion.
Adrian explained that he works every day, one painting taking typically between 3 days and a whole week of intense but enjoyable effort.