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Robert Senior: Oil Portray – Jackson’s Artwork Weblog

Robert Senior gained the Scenes of On a regular basis Life Class Award within the Jackson’s Portray Prize this 12 months together with his oil portray, Practice Station. On this interview, Sayan Baigaliyev, the earlier award winner from the 12 months earlier than, asks Robert about his observe and course of, his studio and the way he approaches artistic challenges.

Above picture: Robert Senior in his studio


Sayan: Might you inform us about your inventive background/training? How did you turn out to be an artist?

Robert: I used to be all the time inspired to color as a younger youngster: The obsessive felt tip drawing of treble clefs and Batman on partitions, sheets and any floor that offered itself, was most likely much less welcome. Though there have been no different artists in my household, my mom turned down a spot at artwork faculty to turn out to be a trainer. My father was additionally a trainer. I studied Portray at West Surrey School of Artwork and Design, and studied for an additional 12 months at Exeter College. The choice to turn out to be an artist occurred at a while throughout my basis 12 months. From this level, portray grew to become the dominant focus of my life.

Once you say ‘turn out to be an artist’, I feel my identification and sense of objective as an artist crystallised throughout a interval following school, once I was working with homeless adults and others on the margins of society. It was a time when there was little or no alternative to color, which appeared to end in me trying way more attentively on the world round me and clocking artistic prospects. It was additionally an atmosphere of inescapable actuality, which turned my world the other way up, difficult my very own values and understanding. This in flip compelled me to reassess my very own creativity, in order that once I got here again to portray full time, I did so with a far higher sense of who I’m as an artist and a stronger sense of course than I had had earlier than.


Practice Station, 2021
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 48 x 63 cm | 19 x 25 in


Sayan: What do you concentrate on training in artwork? Is it obligatory? What had been the professionals and cons of your studying expertise?

Robert: I’m not positive that it’s obligatory. Nonetheless, I think the benefits outweigh the disadvantages. Once I was at college, I used to be in a position to take an Artwork ‘A’ degree examination with out having attended the course. Most likely, on account of this, by the point I had reached artwork school, my data of principle and the work of different artists was extra restricted than most of my friends. Additionally, I used to be too comfy with the way in which I labored and with my understanding of what artwork could possibly be. For essentially the most half, I attribute this to the shortage of problem and interplay with friends and lecturers. So to my thoughts, even when artwork training is just not strictly obligatory, the interplay with others that it gives is invaluable. I suppose there’s a danger that academic establishments can exert a strain in direction of conformity. Maybe the years following formal training are the time when artists shake off what’s irrelevant to them.


Robert Senior

Tilting Teacups, 2021
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 79 x 53 cm | 31 x 21 in


Sayan: What conjures up you to work? What’s extra vital for you, inspiration or each day work?

Robert: For me, inspiration will be sparked by not more than a cluster of colors or shapes. Nonetheless, I’m largely impressed by something which may counsel one thing else occurring beneath the seen floor. This may be in relationships and occasions in my very own life which can be vital to me, in addition to on a regular basis incidents comparable to an opportunity assembly or statement on a tube or in a grocery store. I even have a fascination with spiritual themes for a similar purpose. There are sometimes existential considerations that lie beneath some sort of simple to digest narrative. Studying in regards to the lives and work of different artists, in addition to visiting exhibitions are thrilling and motivational too. Each afford the chance to come across the artist at completely different ranges. With out inspiration, each day work can nonetheless be participating and even comforting, at different instances disturbing or unsettling: it would even merely really feel like pointless drudgery. Nonetheless, it appears central to the uncovering of latest sources of inspiration. Engaged on one thought can set off the nascent pleasure of one other. I feel it additionally assessments the standard of inspiration. If the thrill of inspiration shortly dissipates, then maybe it wasn’t as much as a lot within the first place, and that is uncovered by specializing in it in each day work. In the long run I suppose, I wouldn’t say that one is extra vital than the opposite to me. They work hand in hand, though inspiration might be extra enjoyable.


Robert Senior Painting

The Rehearsal, 2017
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 67 x 127 cm | 26 x 50 in


Sayan: What are the levels of your work on a portray? Do you make drafts?

Robert: My work normally start in two alternative ways. Typically I take a gouache loaded paint brush to a clean sheet of paper and see the place random mark making goes. If what emerges feels alive, I’ll switch the concept to canvas and develop it additional. If the start line is a reminiscence, I would make drafts in pencil or gouache, to be able to make clear it, however all the time searching for a visceral response that tells me it’s alive and price exploring. As soon as I’m engaged on canvas, periodically, I’ll print off a photograph of the portray and mess around with gouache or charcoal on this, notably if I wish to check out and evaluate main modifications. I additionally write in regards to the portray to look at what is going on and flush out concepts which may assist. This may be to keep up some degree of coherence, however typically merely to discover the rising which means from a unique vantage level.


Robert Senior Painting

Teacup Journey, 2021
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 53 x 79 cm | 21 x 31 in


Sayan: In your work you employ road scenes. Do you draw sketches from life or take pictures to recreate, how is that this course of organised?

Robert: I admire that sketching from life or pictures is a worthwhile and integral a part of many artists’ course of. All my work comes from a combination of creativeness and reminiscences, this has been actually vital to me creatively. If, for instance I attempt to work out how to attract a hand for a portray, it could be environment friendly to pose and draw one from life or from a photograph. However attempting to attract it from creativeness is mentally tougher work for me and like exercising a muscle, I feel it helps to maintain my creativeness lively. This in flip enhances my capacity to attach with and articulate my internal world. One other issue, that I discover that when drawing from life or pictures is that I’m too inclined to stay rigidly with what I’m seeing, whereas if I’m attempting to create from creativeness, I’m far more open to taking part in round with the picture, it retains the general portray course of looser, even whether it is prone to be much less ‘technically good’. Drawing from life or pictures tends to inhibit the liberty of this course of for me. Though I nonetheless observe intently and attempt to perceive and bear in mind what I’m seeing.


Robert Senior Painting

Robert Senior’s studio in Surrey


Sayan: What are your favorite brushes to work with? What sort of paints and canvases do you favor?

Robert: I favor Professional Arte Sterling and Professional Arte Prolene brushes. I work with gouache on A3 sketchbooks from Winsor & Newton. I both purchase canvas and stretchers from Russell and Chapple, or Winsor & Newton Prepared-Made Canvases. I take advantage of Michael Harding and Winsor & Newton Oil Paint.


Robert Senior. Proximity

Proximity, 2022
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 42 x 62 cm |16.5 x 24.5 in


Sayan: Have you ever ever had artistic disaster and durations of stagnation in creativity? If that’s the case, what helped you overcome them?

Robert: Sure. Starting a part of the way in which via school and lasting for about 8 years. This era of artistic disaster is central to how I work now. Throughout this era I nonetheless felt a extremely robust have to create, however felt disengaged and disheartened with each effort to take action. I feel it was rooted in some degree of disconnection with my internal world, and a consequent absence of identification as an artist. I used to be not or happy with producing one thing that was merely technically slick, however unable to supply something that felt alive. The disconnection with my internal world is why I emphasise working from creativeness and reminiscences now, nurturing and strengthening entry to this inside life, via my observe. Discovering methods to cut back the strain was a key to turning issues round. For a while the artistic course of was made extra informal through the use of kids‘s tempera blocks to color with, and drawing in unused outdated diaries. Introducing playfulness was one other issue. I discovered myself drawn to artists comparable to Ghislebertus, Stanley Spencer and Ken Kiff, all of whom cope with severe points however with humour. Introducing apparently trivial or light-hearted threads into my work has helped it to stream extra freely.

Initially I discovered separating components of portray was additionally very useful. For instance, as an alternative of attempting to give attention to color within the context of a portray. I began to watch color juxtapositions in on a regular basis settings extra attentively, wherever from garbage dumps to buy shows, attempting to note what affect these color combos had on me, in an unselfconscious means. Utilizing tales and biblical scenes as a place to begin offered a pre-made focus or framework, inside which I may play. Normally the narratives that I selected resonated not directly, so via the method of portray I used to be in a position to unravel the character of this resonance, which in flip shed mild by myself inside world, encouraging a stronger connection between it and my portray. I started to make a collection of paper pulp reliefs which I then painted in oils. The drawing was taken care of by the construction of the aid, permitting the color to be explored extra freely and non-descriptively. Simplifying the artistic course of by permitting me to give attention to these two components individually diminished the strain for me. In flip the diminished strain allowed creativity to stream extra freely


Robert Senior. Empties

Empties, 2022
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 33 x 33 cm | 13 x 13 in


Sayan: Are you able to inform us about your studio? The place is it situated? How typically do you’re employed there? What’s your splendid day within the workshop?

Robert: My studio is a small room in my dwelling in Surrey. I’ve a few mirrors positioned across the room to offer a way of distance and likewise it generally helps to see a mirror picture of a portray to get a unique vantage level. There are cabinets containing artwork books, sketchbooks and numerous portray provides. At one finish I’ve an area saving outdated blackboard easel flat in opposition to the wall, a portray trolley with palette and brushes all the time on standby. Apart from that, there are only a couple of tables and containers of instruments.

One benefit of getting the studio in the home is that it permits me to pop in and paint even for only a few minutes, all through the day. So I do handle to color just about every single day. Though ideally I purpose to take action for just a few hours at a time
A super day within the studio is being undisturbed for the day. I normally play music as I work it helps drown out any noise from the highway and takes care of the white noise in my head. There’s a explicit thrill in resolving an thought or a part of a portray that has been caught. As there may be when getting a brand new concept that feels highly effective. So these moments would positively be a part of my splendid day.


Robert Senior. Crossing

Crossing, 2022
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 54 x 79 cm | 21 x 31 in


Sayan: Who’re your 5 favorite artists and why?

Robert: I might say that I don’t have 5 favorite artists. I love many artists for various causes. Maybe favorite artists which have been most clearly influential can be: – the Romanesque sculptor Ghislebertus, Stanley Spencer, Ken Kiff, Rouault and Jackson Pollock. All of them have a way of the numinous, a way of one thing mysterious and deeper beneath the floor. Within the case of the primary three there’s something actually playful that belies a deeper world. They permit a viewer to easily admire the playful floor or interact with what could also be taking place beneath. I like the concept of labor being, in a position to interact a viewer at completely different ranges.


Robert Senior. Chess Board

Chess board, 2022
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 93 x 124 cm | 49 x 37 in


Sayan: Do you’ve gotten a dream challenge that you just wish to realise? If that’s the case, may you inform us about it?

Robert: I might like to work on a big scale on an enormous neighborhood constructing. I’ve up to now painted a collection of seven inch excessive canvases that wrap across the inside of a church and I actually loved engaged on a big scale. Particularly I really like the distinction between the required gestural coarseness of the work shut up and the just about magical transformation when seen from a distance. There’s a sense of co-ordinating the varied works that comprise the entire, which has the texture of conducting an orchestra.

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Robert Senior. Still Life

Nonetheless Life, 2020
Robert Senior
Oil on canvas, 93 x 124 cm | 37 x 49 in



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