(Nigel) Robert Pugh
I graduated from Cardiff College of Art in 1978 and worked as an Industrial and Architectural Designer and Illustrator until the early 1990s when I moved to West Wales to become a full-time painter. I have taken part in solo and group shows and have work in private collections worldwide.
My work includes large scale semi-abstract paintings, watercolours, monoprints and drawings, sculpture, b&w landscape photographs and more recently, aerial photography.
My sources are drawn from a very wide range of interests but are fundamentally from landscape and environmentally based physical and mental structures. I have long been fascinated with maps and have been trying to develop and visualize a subjective mapped view in a conscious effort to break with my own legacy of linear representative work.
Recent flying adventures have reinforced the ideas with easily accessible concrete examples of how perspectives and scales can warp, overlap, and contradict themselves.
The mental process that results in an image is, for me, the most important part of any artwork. The ‘final’ image itself is secondary, it represents the result of an exploration of ideas which will then lead on to the next work - consequently the outcome is often a series rather than a single work.
The following quotes are something of touchstones for me…….
Jean-Paul Sartre observed,
"…may I ask whether anyone has ever accused an artist who has painted a picture of not having drawn his inspiration from rules set up a priori? Has anyone ever asked, "What painting ought he to make?" It is clearly understood that there is no definite painting to be made, that the artist is engaged in the making of his painting, and that the painting to be made is precisely the painting he will have made. It is clearly understood that there are no a priori aesthetic values, but that there are values which appear subsequently in the coherence of the painting, in the correspondence between what the artist intended and the result …”
And a painter’s quote from Francis Bacon ….
“The job of the artist is always to deepen the mystery”.
work and exhibitions –
‘Lines and Strata 2 – Contemporary Welsh Drawing’ 2010/11
The Lion St Gallery - Hay-on-Wye
Off The Wall Contemporary Art Gallery - Llandaff, Cardiff