Making detailed studies of famous, and not so famous, masterful works has been a traditional learning technique for art students. It provides an unparalleled opportunity to examine techniques such as the use of color, composition and stroke making. In particular, I find it a fascinating study of the definition of edges – particularly the finesse that is the “lost edge” – and how master artists use this technique to guide the viewer’s gaze on the visual journey throughout the painting. I invariably learn something new every time I attempt one of these studies; something to carry forward to my own original works.
Here are some recent works that I have been studying – some of which have been in the Fakes and Forgeries Exhibition at Spring Bull Gallery in 2022 and 2023