Choice is personal
If you’d like to be considered, first share your work on Twitter and follow me there, then see what happens. You don’t have to be professional, but will need to have enough works that I personally like to merit a slot. Please don’t be offended if I don’t retweet your work I don’t claim to like everything, do you? Art is always a very personal thing to both create and respond to. There is no need to be rude about others and I reserve the right to not only choose what I like but anyone who is rude, offensive or generally becomes a nuisance here or on twitter I block. Not everyone likes my work I can assure you. Always keep going regardless as your taste, style and choices will find their audience and own following.
Former famous #ArtistsoftheWeek of mine can be found on my Artists that Inspire page.
One off special edition
As a reward for being my first two followers to match my tastes, here they are again on this website, as I begin to wind down my old one. I won’t delete it but will be redirecting traffic this way. Find them on Twitter and say hello, I doubt they’ll mind! They both happen to sell their work which makes them professionals in my book but as I’m an amateur and they follow me who knows, they might like your work too and follow you too if you’re polite.
Born and raised in Manchester, David was encouraged to paint from an early age by his mother, a fine textile designer in her own right. Pursuing his love of art throughout his youth, David emerged a graduate of Illustration from Manchester Polytechnic in his early twenties, and used the subsequent years to gain experience in the worlds of graphic design, illustration and glazed-art.
Having now spent the past two decades as a professional painter, he works full time from his home studio in Levenshulme, South Manchester, just a short bus-ride away from the bustling city centre, and is enjoying a career which sees him widely exhibited and collected throughout the North of England and beyond.
The paintings are all in acrylic and oil on paper. First acrylic is applied in a fairly abstract manner sometimes using rollers and spatulas. Working more details in using brushes and then applying a glaze over the top in oil. In terms of inspiration there are lots. David has a varied range of themes including industrial, architectural, landscape, and abstract which he constantly revisits. He has an interest in mythology science and politics which feature in the work. His favourite artists are numerous but he particularly enjoys the work of Max Ernst, Max Beckman, and John Piper.
David is the second of my followers on Twitter to feature as my Artist of the week. He is a prolific artist and regularly tweets his latest works, but you can also find him on Pinterest and Facebook. Sue Nichol was my first follower on Twitter to allow me to feature them. Here she is in her own words…
“My paintings are of places I know very well and visit over and over again, both literally and imaginatively. I am attracted to the ‘edges of the land’ including our fabulous and varied coastline as well as the rocky edges to be found throughout the British landscape.
My love of the sea stems from my childhood. I was born in Hartlepool on the North East coast and visited the little fishing village of Staithes often, as I still do today. The fishing cobles to be found on the North East coast serve as my models. They have a unique shape that reflects their Viking heritage, being clinker built with a rounded belly, flat stern and pointed bow. They are a challenge to paint but mine have all been pronounced sea worthy by the local fishermen. A great compliment indeed.
I find constant inspiration in the sea in all its moods and it is a subject to which I am invariably drawn, striving always to capture its movement and strength, which I find both fascinating and frightening.
The wild hills and moors of North Yorkshire and Derbyshire provide a different challenge and I love to paint them as they are exposed to the extremes and intensity of light. I try to capture a particular atmosphere created, sometimes fleetingly, by swiftly changing weather conditions and am fascinated by nature’s ability to present a landscape in so many different tempers.
I hope my viewers are able to uncover in my work some of the magic I feel in the places I am inspired to paint.”
You can find out more about Sue’s work and exhibitions by following her on Twitter or by checking out her website