Mike Fenner Paintings

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My Services

Painting-


Although I am fascinated by art history, my obsession in painting is technique. Whenever I see a painting that interests me I am at great pains to figure out how it was done, and then how I might do it- or modify the artist’s methods to suit my needs! This was, until the early twentieth century, the accepted way that a painter developed- without the pressure to ‘be original’ too early: one of the reasons I believe that some contemporary art is as badly done as it is.  My interest in ‘how’ is reflected in changes in style as I investigate and incorporate the lessons learned from artists I admire.

Obviously, there is more to painting than technique, and another interest of mine is Symbolism; that is giving a painting layers of meaning by including images within it that express ideas. This is most clearly seen in my still life and Dahud series. I hope that it does not appear that that my tastes are narrow or limited-  painters such as the Gothic painters , Vermeer, Cassatt, Le Sidaner, Monet, Grimshaw, Klimt, Matta, Rothko and Freud amongst others, have all influenced me over the years, quite different in some ways- but linked by one- boy, can they paint!

I am still learning and discovering new artists- art is such an adventure and is a journey of discovery that I love sharing.

To view examples of my urban landscape paintings, please click here...

Drawing -


The basis of progress in art is drawing- not just as a thing in itself but as a way of learning to see! You’ve never really looked at a thing until you have had to draw it. However as with painting there are tips and ‘wrinkles’ that can be passed on to enable more rapid progress than might otherwise be achieved. My major interest is the figure and face- although I love placing it in space to establish an environment that can give it more meaning.

To view examples of my drawings, please click here...

Still life -


Still life has been for many artists not just a technical exercise but a method of communicating some quite profound ideas- just think of Van Gogh, Dutch seventeenth century painters, LeSidaner and Soutine, for example. My own work explores a variety of techniques to create atmosphere and a variety of effects.

To view some examples of my still life work, please click here...

Portraits -


A portrait is more than just a likeness; it should express something about the sitter either by lighting and brushwork or by the use of significant items and objects within the composition. I have explored the potential of all of these over the years. The current crop of ‘Photo realist’ painters- whilst technically brilliant are a little too neutral for my taste- they are often painting a photograph rather than a person.

To view some examples of my portraits, please click here...

Sculpture -


My original training was in sculpture, and although I hardly work in three dimensions anymore, I like to keep my hand in, as I just might feel a need to return to it.

 
 
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