Art in the twenty-first century isn't all about making
the headlines. Artists are extending the boundaries of art by exhibiting
an unmade bed or a pile of rubbish. But amidst all the hype, there
are still some artists who stick to what they are passionate about
regardless of whether it is fashionable.
Barbados-born artist David Skinner has been painting the same subjects
for over twenty years and shows no signs of getting bored. It's
all about making art that can be seen and heard.
David began painting forty years ago and has spent the last twenty
years focusing on the Great Game. But David Skinner is a portrait
painter; he likes to paint people. And the celebrity cricketer proves
a compelling subject.
David uses an unusual technique to capture the essence of the modern
game. He selects the palette for each painting based upon the colours
assigned to the subject's zodiac sign. The colour is then mainpulated
in intensitry and tonal value based upon the artist's perception
of the subject's personality, providing a completely unique work
Andrew Clarke, co-owner of Balmain Fine Art where David's work is
exhibited, was immediately drawn to his paintings. He says, "When
you look at David's painting you can see and hear them. The exuberance
of cricket comes through them. They are alive". He goes on
to say, "They are quality portraits. Cricket fans will know
exactly who the portrait is of just by their stance".
David's work is well known in his native Barbados. His height of
action painting of the Maestro Garfield Sobers hangs on the wall
of Nelson Mandela's home in South Africa. Viv Richards and Lords
Cricket Museum are home to further paintings.
David will be exhibiting his work at Durham County Cricket Club
from 16th May - 17th June 2001. Entry if free on non-match days
or free with a match ticket when a match is in progress.