Top award for aritst who doesn’t use a paintbrush
PUBLISHED: 12:18 05 November 2013 | UPDATED: 12:18 05 November 2013
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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