24TH - 26TH AUGUST
15 OFFICIAL VENUES
1 GREAT FESTIVAL
24TH - 26TH AUGUST 2018
1 GREAT FESTIVAL
ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
With many thanks to our ‘Artist In Residence’, Pete Marsh. Here are a selection of his completed paintings from the 2017 festival, together with a selection of pages from Pete’s sketchbooks.
“My motivation is always live music performance as 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. Here 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.
My final painting will usually be constructed from a montage of different photographs from the same gig, visual memories along with the influence of my sound-check sketches.
Even though the composition is worked out beforehand, changes often occur during painting. The 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 at 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 and not only gives me opportunities to produce more work of familiar faces but fresh work of musicians I have yet to commit to canvas”.
You can find out more about Pete and his work here: www.petemarshart.co.uk