A few words about Stuart Roper and his art.
We are delighted to have a selection of original paintings an artist new to the gallery, Stuart Roper. Stuart is based in Oxfordshire but is in the process of moving to Wiltshire. As part of his exploration of our county he has painted in Savernake Forest near Marlborough, and on the Downs. His work is vibrant and has an energy that often eludes traditional landscape painting. I am not an art critic or in any way expert in the field, but there is a confidence and power to Stuart's painting that I find very impressive.
Below is an extract from an article that appeared not long ago in the Oxford Times relating to a solo exhibition by Stuart. I hope you find it interesting, and will have the chance to come in and see his work in the Bluestone.
Continuing his exploration of the Oxfordshire countryside, with its lanes and quiet corners, Stuart aims to focus on Oxfordshire's less celebrated beauty spots. "It's all about the little moments for me, not the famous Oxford landmarks but the places I have discovered by living here that mean something to me.
"But more than that, it's about colour, because the countryside isn't just green with blue sky - there are purple's and lilacs and turquoises to be found and I have tried to encapsulate them as well."
Painting outside, Stuart then brings his sketches and observations home and translates them onto much bigger canvasses. 25-30 of these Hockneyesque paintings will be on show.
Hailing from Edinburgh, Stuart moved here from Scotland to pursued his illustrating career and has continued painting throughout.
Working in a variety of media including watercolour, gouache, acrylics and oils, Stuart’s paintings show the influence of the Scottish Colourists, yet he has a deep affinity with the English landscape.
"My background was in Scotland, so I was influenced by the Scottish colourists and their love of colour from a young age. But more than that, the older I get, the more uninhibited I have become, which is quite liberating," the 62 year old said.