inktense and fine felt-tips
Inktense pencils [mainly]
Pastel pencils and acrylic
Acrylic, wool, satsuma bag
Chris Poole ... went to an art-free Primary school. At Grammar School the Art teacher provided HB pencils, coarse bristle brushes and muddied broken sludge-brown tempera blocks. Subject-matter was 1) acne-raddled male contemporaries or 2) tea-cups, chianti bottles and geraniums. Chris learnt nothing and was wisely not allowed to take 'O' level Art. [He would NOT have passed!].
After this, though, Chris was allowed to sit in the school Art Library. And OH WOW!! Here 'Art' lurked in hidden books on unseen shelves behind a hitherto locked door. Art unexpectedly embraced him and he fell instantly in love with it. Impressionism the Renaissance, Naive painting, Dada, Symbolism, the whole works. He rapidly devoured book after book, but he particularly loved, and loves to this day, that long wild 'shock of the new' period of rule-breaking from 1870 to 1950.
Technically incompetent, untutored, lacking any artistic flair, Chris still felt driven over the next decade to sketch and paint, often in Surrealist or Expressionist Mode.
After work as a research scientist he taught maths and science but promised himself that on retirement he would pick up his palette again.
Chris's work now is less weird than in his earlier surreal/expressionist phase. He finds OVAS invaluable both socially and in terms of picking up ideas and techniques. His interest constantly veers between not quite realism and not quite abstraction.
Favourite painter: Chagall.
Runners-up: Matisse, Klee, Picasso, Ernst, Magritte, Van Gogh, Monet, Pissaro, Gauguin, Sisley, Munch, Bosch, Vermeer Botticelli, Magritte, Dalí ...
Favourite living artists: Andy Goldsworthy [genius], Hockney.