Portait of George Paul Sainsbury

Portait of George Paul Sainsbury

“Observation is the key to recording and hence communicating my experience within a location.

My work has always been figurative rather than abstract but I aim to give my personal response to a subject not merely reproduce the image in a photographic way. I enjoy the challenge of working ‘en plein air’ being particularly motivated and inspired by the light just before or after storms or showers and at dawn and sunset.

My usual working method is to make sketches on site in pencil, pastel, watercolour or oil, sometimes quite finished and successful as paintings in their own right but more often than not they need to be quick rushed statements as a note to record my initial response to the light and atmosphere at the time. I then assemble and study these sketches back in the studio which allows me to produce a more coherent finished painting relatively quickly, then, if successful, I will pursue the idea as a larger piece. The difficulty is to retain that spontaneity of the initial sketch in the larger studio painting.

Although intensely observed my work is constantly tending away from the accurate recording of detail towards the impressionistic record of my engagement with the natural scene before me. I have a desire to capture the essence of the subject, leaving the viewer a greater chance to find their own interpretation and response.”

Painting, Drawing & Printmaking

Venue 28

George works from his studio in the Bride Valley enjoying the challenge of working ‘en plein air’, painting land and seascapes. In contrast he also produces small, carefully observed still lifes, concentrating on the representation of light and reflections. Studio open all year round by appointment.

Long Bredy Studio, 1 Bedford Terrace, Long Bredy, Dorset, DT2 9HW

From the A35 follow signs to Long Bredy. Go down to the lower end of the village. Studio is on the left next to the house. From Litton Cheney 1 mile along Cox’s Lane from The White Horse Pub. Parking on the drive.

01308 482300 / 07824 118159


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