Top award for aritst who doesn’t use a paintbrush

PUBLISHED: 12:18 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:18 05 November 2013

Michael Sole's award winning painting of Burton Bradstock beach

Michael Sole's award winning painting of Burton Bradstock beach


More success for former Axminster painter Michael Sole at the Royal Society of Marine Artists’ annual exhibition

A former Axminster artist has claimed another top prize with a painting of West Dorset’s Jurassic coast.

Michael Sole’s picture - Burton Bradstock No.6 – took the Arts Club Charitable Trust Award at the Royal Society of Marine Artists annual exhibition recently staged at the Mall Galleries.

It is the latest in a long line of accolades for the talented young painter who has twice been named the RSMA Young Artist of the Year.

Michael said he was thrilled to receive the honour – made more remarkable by the fact that he doesn’t use a paintbrush and gets most of his materials from B and Q rather than the local art shop.

He creates his stunning images on the floor using oils, bitumen, gravel, PVA and acrylics in a bid to capture the sea’s raw energy.

The son of fossil expert David Sole and his wife Jane, of Hunters Lodge, near Axminster, he explained: “I feel that a lot of artists paint the sea in a very bog standard way and I like to change things.

“I don’t us a paintbrush – it is purely on the floor, throwing it around, it seems to work – it’s a new way to approach the sea.

“The sea and the sky are fascinating to me, especially in extreme circumstances like storms. In painting I feel very strongly that energy must be met with energy. By this I mean big seas and powerful subject matter benefits from energetic, physical and confident painting which usually includes allowing the paint to have its own way without using a brush. Dripping, pouring, throwing, lifting, shaking etc all add to this affect, as well as thick texture and paint.”

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