Watercolours move artist outside his comfort zone
Artist Chris Marson gets a little reflective in his latest show on now at the Bermuda Society of Arts (BSoA) gallery in City Hall in Hamilton.
Water reflections and transparencies are a major focus of work in his show, The Colour of Water.
It opened on Friday in the Edinburgh Gallery, and runs for the next two weeks. It will include 34 new works by Mr Marson, mostly watercolour with a few oils and acrylics.
“When I started painting in Bermuda, about 30 years ago, I concentrated on water, boats and beaches because they’re what I knew well,” he said. “As my capabilities as an artist improved I explored various other avenues and for the last few years I have been mostly painting landscapes on location. There have been water scenes but they have not been the primary focus of my attention.”
Last winter he did a number of studies of Optimist prams (small sailboats) sailing, and became interested in the design possibilities of a simple background with the very geometric shapes of the boats upon them.
“I was pleased with the results visually, they also resonated on a very personal level for me relating to the Bermuda I knew as a child,” he said. “Painting them stimulated my interest in water and boats again and I have been exploring this theme for the last several months.”
Mr Marson has been trying to push his watercolour technique to give a richer experience and a greater sense of light and richer darks in his paintings.
“It has been interesting to see the changes from then till now,” he said. “The paintings range from the very small to very large. The large watercolours are a technical challenge that pushes me outside of my comfort zone, which is a very good thing for an artist to do.”