Pete Marsh - Our 2017 Artist In Residence
A note from Pete:
"My motivation is always live music performance. It is the atmosphere which interests me, so I only paint gigs I’ve attended. Wherever possible, I prefer to draw from life... but as it is usually too dark during gigs I try to access the sound-check.
It is here that I sketch extremely quickly in order to capture subtle nuances that characterize my subjects. During the concert I often take around a hundred photographs as I constantly look for poses, lighting, composition, colours and features that I may want to include in my painting.
Once back in my studio I use an image manipulation program (similar to Photoshop) to arrange the band members - as real life does not necessarily make good art. Using a computer I can work out my desired composition fairly quickly. My final painting will usually be constructed from a montage of different photographs from the same gig, and visual memories, along with the influence of my sound-check sketches. Even though the composition is worked out beforehand, changes often occur during painting.
My music inspired paintings are similar to my en plein air landscape paintings, in that rather than 'capturing a moment in time' they are much more a 'collection of moments over a period of time'.
Following my Painting and Printmaking degree in Sheffield I worked at Ikon Gallery, Birmingham and then as stage crew at two Manchester live music venues, The International 1 and The Apollo. These days I am combining music and art in the form of painting and printmaking.
Working as Artist-In-Residence at The Great British Rhythm and Blues Festival excites me because the line-up is impressive and varied. This will not only give me opportunities to produce more work of familiar faces, but fresh work of musicians I have yet to commit to canvas".
More about Pete and his work: www.petemarshart.co.uk