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Detail from Village Night by Rob Soar

Detail from Village Night.

Artist: Rob Soar

Rob's paintings are bright, vivid and colourful and he takes inspiration from Salvador Dali and Clarice Cliff. He also 'dabbles' with other medium, but always returns to the bright colours he can only get from paint.

Previously of Essex and Lincolnshire and most recently of East Cottingwith and Howden, I am a self taught artist and have expanded a natural talent for drawing into a distinctive style of painting mainly in acrylics, with focus on landscapes and seascapes. 

The landscapes of Yorkshire give me so much material for my art. More recently I have also been working on jewellery, particularly utilising wire wrapping.

I believe that one of the drawbacks of being self taught is that it makes it harder to break into the traditional art 'set' but the benefits come from the self exploration involved in producing a piece without a set of rules.

Having visited Dali exhibitions both in Florida and London, I loved the easy flowing work he produced. That, as well as the work of Clarice Cliff, has been the inspiration for a number of earlier pieces.

I have always been drawn to bright colours, I like to experiment and have dabbled with driftwood and wire sculpturally, and encaustic wax art but always return to vivid colours that can be achieved most readily with acrylic paint.

Previous exhibitions have included Picturecraft Gallery in Holt, Norfolk and Chelmsford's Shire Hall. Along with my wife Lorna, also a bead designer and painter, we show our work on our own new websites and we are working to find suitable exhibition locations for our work.

My seascapes and coastal towns are rapidly becoming desirable to both visitors and residents alike and I have received commissions from owners of holiday homes as well as some off-the-wall requests such as the ‘Caramelised Wessel’.

I am continuing to work with acrylics and enjoying the sites of Yorkshire.

Rob Soar

last updated: 24/02/2009 at 17:28
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