The harmonious architecture of my home city Bath has inspired many recent paintings. I provide a contemporary take on classic architecture.
These striking compositions are realistic but retain a painterly quality. Sometimes areas of the painting are left blank to emphasize the contrast between reality and its representation. There is a craftsman like attention to detail.
I work primarily in acrylic paint. This is a media my love and I have been using it since I was 15 years old. It dries more quickly than oil paint, so multiple layers of paint can be rapidly built up, and mistakes quickly fixed. But I also use pencil, pen, and acrylic marker pens. This mixed media approach creates some interesting surfaces. I paint on thick grey card which provides a neutral background tone.
I paint from photographs that I take and edit myself. I first search Bath for striking examples of architecture. Where possible I include water in my compositions. The River Avon as it flows under Pulteney Bridge is included in several paintings. Bath Abbey and local churches have also featured in my work.
Rachael Haggerty is a Bath based artist, who works mainly in linocut printmaking and has a relaxed, illustrative style.
Rachael is inspired by the natural world, country walks and Bath’s beautiful architecture. She combines printmaking with looking after her son Michael (a lockdown baby!) and working part time as a lawyer.
Jason moved to London from Bath in 1984, aged 20, to work at a Black and White photographic darkroom in Clerkenwell, London.
By 1988 he owned and managed ‘Browns B/W’ and worked with many of the top fashion, music and portrait photographers in London as well as ‘The Face’ and ‘Arena’ magazines.
In 1997 Jason moved to New York City as a director of L.T.I. a Manhattan based ‘photo lab’ where he worked closely with the likes of Peter Lindbergh, Steven Meisel, Albert Watson and Mark Seliger, Vogue and Vanity Fair.
Jason then experienced the horror and tragedy of 9/11.
After remaining in NYC for nearly two more years, he decided to return to the UK in 2003 and now lives in Bath with his wife Karena.
Jason would describe himself as a ‘creator of images’
Although most of his images have a photographic genesis (apart from his painting) he would never want any image that isn’t a photograph to be described as one. The ‘Red Umbrella’ series and the ‘Bath Landscapes’ are both series of photographs.
After working for two plus decades with photographers dedicated to their art he feels it is important to acknowledge the work photographers put in to have command over the tools of their trade.
The ‘Digital Paintings’ retain photographic detail alongside areas of digital ‘painting’. The Pop Art ‘Mug Shots’ are unashamedly inspired by the work of Andy Warhol and the more ‘abstract’ images have all been digitally manipulated using photoshop or other imaging software.
I'm doing this because I'm fed up with being bombarded by media messages that are, at best, useless and at worst create great insecurities and wreak havoc with my peace of mind.
As a release, I create my own form and meaning with the help of a bunch of magazines, scalpels, glue and digital hocus pocus.
Some have a dark mood, others are silly. There are also various self-portraits.
Aim is to enlighten, question, confuse and amuse.