In 2004 I was working in a cardboard recycling business, and started to think about using more recycled materials in my artwork. I experimented with shredded paper mixed into emulsion paint, having been interested in papier maché for many years,. I had absolutely no idea what would happen, and whether the mixture would set, or turn into mash!
Fortunately the mixture once applied did set, and so I started to create some bigger pictures as below. To reduce the weight, I used thick corrugated cardboard as a surface onto which I created the pictures.
I have combined some of my ideas, to create what I believe are very tactile pictures, using textured plaster for the 'flatter' detail, and my own mixture to create the detail such as vegetation.
Using these materials I have managed to increase the picture size to approximately 24in by 18in, and still keep the weight reasonable.
|This was the first of my new style and size of picture,
using thick corrugated cardboard with a wooden frame.
I wanted to move away from flat frontages, and explore the angles of perspective.
|This was the picture created and exhibited for the 2004 annual open exhibition at the Howarth Museum//Gallery in Accrington. The theme for the exhibition was the Four Seasons, so I create a café/hotel/restaurant called 'Quatre Saisons', and the vegetation represents each of the seasons.|
|This picture shows a typical small town square, with the Hotel de Ville/Mairie and a local café, both very important buildings in the town.|