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JONATHAN PURDAY | NEW SMALL SCALE PAINTINGS

November 14th 2015
In contrast to his vibrant screenprint editions released earlier this autumn, Jonathan Purday’s new series of small scale unique paintings see him document the beautiful Welsh countryside in earthy, muted tones. Below we talk more about the work.

It was a busy summer for Jonathan Purday as he worked on producing his first two screenprint editions for Eyestorm, Meditation in Red and Canopy Memories, which we’re pleased to say, proved to be very popular with fair visitors over the past couple of months. Now back in his painting studio, Purday is working on his canvases once again and his most recent creation is a series of small paintings - which he calls ‘studies’ - in response to some time he spent recently in the rolling countryside of North West Wales in a place called Garn Fadryn.

We had never heard of Garn Fadryn before, and on doing some research have discovered it’s a five-hectare Iron Age hill and fort dating back to 100 BC that lies in the centre of the Llŷn Peninsula Gwynedd, and overlooks the village of Garnfadryn. Apparently on a clear day, Anglesey and Snowdonia can be seen from the top of the hill.

We have always felt there’s something special about the intimacy of small paintings. It could be said that with larger ‘statement’ pieces, the artist’s thought process is more controlled as they think carefully about every mark made. Smaller works of course can also be controlled, but with these pieces of Jonathan’s there’s a distinct sense of looseness that isn’t seen in his larger works. The marks are more abstract and the overall feel of each piece is more relaxed in its approach. If we take Garn Fadryn 5pm Study for example, my personal favourite of the four; energetic cloud formations painted in varying shades of grey are accompanied by just a few gestural yellow lines and a bright white space on the right hand side, which perfectly observes the sun as it makes its descent. The sky below is alive with more yellow casually blended into dark splodges that sit behind the hill.

In Garn Fadryn 9am Study, again dynamic cloud formations take centre stage, but the foreground here is also worth a mention. Expressive marks in burgundy browns; at closer inspection they’re just abstract shapes, but in the context of the painting they’re clearly trees forming a line across the base of the canvas.

Like many of us, Jonathan Purday lives in the city, and these scenes of open British countryside couldn’t be any further from this. Perhaps this more relaxed approach to painting is directly influenced by the artist’s state of mind; where he often paints his larger works from photographs when back at his London studio, I feel these smaller works could have been painted from life. There’s just a sense of something real about them which transports you into a world of fresh air and the sounds of wildlife.

Jonathan Purday’s ‘Garn Fadryn’ unique study paintings are available to buy online from just £495.00 each. See them in more detail here.
ANGIE DAVEY
Creative Director
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