A great artist, Robert Calquhoun once said in relation to painting ‘Keep it simple and do it with love’. I strive, often unsuccessfully to keep it simple and do it with love but my painting is all about the inner life in preference to the external. In one sense, of course all art is inner if it works at all. It is all a searching, as it occurs to the painter, an expression of truth to the subject. I value the poetic and the lyrical in painting and life and consider life itself to be an affirmation and a blessing, something to be nurtured and cherished while also being utterly painful and impossible at times. My work can reflect something of this darker side but I hope also has beauty and irony and humour in the mix.
This new show called “Re—member—ing” is about the way in which the body carries memory. We remember through sensation and feeling as well as mind. These oils and drawings are memories in this sense of being pictorial sensations of felt life in the artist.
Please email me Benet Haughton
Also see my web site at: http://benethaughton.co.uk/paintings/
Location detailsSt. Margaret’s House – Third Floor
St. Margaret’s House, 151 London Road
Edinburgh EH7 6AE