Alastair Gamble - Artist
Having been educated in architectural design, I particularly like to paint with a blend of light and shadow to imbue my paintings with depth and drama. However, unlike architectural design, I like to be fine and delicate yet at times fluid in my brushstrokes, not being hindered by rigidly straight lines or vanishing points, as I want the painting to reflect my character and its quirks. I work to blend the paints to make a seamless and more refined finish.
The subject matter I am fond of painting are Spanish landscapes. I also find inspiration from my parents' houses. Their gardens are rich in various flower displays and various mature trees. Their interiors also prove to be a great source of interest for me, because my mother has a great eye for colours, forms and textures. In my compositions of interiors, I often try to convey a feeling of light, space and depth to enliven the canvas, and to have a strong connection with the external natural environment.
In most of my paintings, I am keen to create an atmosphere of mystery, to allow the viewer to question what stories and narratives might lie within the fabric of the buildings. In my interiors there is normally a strong relationship between outer and inner.
When tackling landscape projects I prefer architecture with a high solid to glass ratio, as I find the use of too much glass dehumanising. I only introduce people and animals where it enhances the composition and drama.
In the past, I have used a few different mediums, namely watercolours, oils, acrylics and gouache. I am currently painting with the medium of oils again. This time with Winsor & Newton water-soluble oils as I prefer the lesser toxicity compared to traditional oils, while still creating rich, authentic looking colours that these oils are so noted for.
I am open for commissions to create paintings from people's houses, both interiors and exteriors. It always needs to be softened with nature in all its guises.
I also do limited edition Giclée prints for most of the paintings on my website.