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 more seamless and refined finish.
The subject matter I am fond of painting are Spanish coastal scenes. I also find inspiration from my parents' houses, especially external views. Their gardens are rich in various flower displays that my mother lovingly tends, and painting their various mature trees. Their interiors prove to be a great source of interest for me as well, because my mother has a great eye for colours, forms and textures. In my compositions, I often try to convey a feeling of light, space and depth to enliven the canvas.
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 and its ornaments.
When tackling 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 water-soluble oils as I prefer the lesser toxicity compared to traditional oils, while still creating rich, authentic looking colours that 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.