Q: You have'nt released any new work in years, what are you working on at the moment?
I have been off the brushes for a while, almost two years due to job commitments as I also work full time. I feel drained mentally and need time to reflect on where and what I should be doing. I love painting and love what I paint and feel that I have a lot more to give. Even though I have no formal training and every piece I do is literally learned on the job I am working on Savanah [below] and several other paintings with some abstracts on the burner.
Q: How did you discover your talent for art?
My love for art started when I was a child, before I can even remember and held me in good stead through to High School where I was one of their best creative artists using pencil and charcoal as a medium.
It was the early 1980's and our school just didn’t encourage art or help creative students to pursue careers in that field of study, it was either too expensive or deemed a waste of time especially if all you achieved was an Art Degree! Who would employ me in the real world? I dropped Art and left school in 1984 and never touched Art again, not until 2012.
I had never used this (acrylic/canvas) medium before but felt compelled to try. If you look at Avalon she is monochrome which hails back to my pencil/charcoal days. Because I had never used paint before I stuck to a method I was familiar with and, in my mind at least used the paint as I would with charcoal. As I progressed with my technique I became bolder and introduced colour to my work which to be honest was a real culture shock but worth the pain, La Indulgencia was the end result. Art really is such a diverse and unique form of expression whether created by the artist or viewed by the observer, there is always something for someone. When I create work I am overwhelmed by a sense of wellbeing and it's that feeling which keeps me painting, I also paint because of the students that contact me.
Gilding the Lilly was my first mixed media painting I attempted. In this work, which again is allegorical, I want the viewer to see beyond the glitterati of narcissism and instead find the beauty beneath. Beauty is in the eye of the beholder and doesn’t need external influence or additions to make it more so. In a world full of thin veneers and airbrushing we are blinded by what is real to the extent we believe what we actually see. So what is real? In my painting I try to emphasise the fact by covering her in gold as though the very act would make her seem more beautiful, when, in reality she is far more beautiful without it.
‘To gild refined gold, to paint the lily, is wasteful and ridiculous excess’. - W Shakespeare
Gilding the Lilly - acrylic and gold leaf
Grace, La Incognita and Purdah are all pastiche in nature and are based on the brilliant photography of Viktoria Stutz and makeup Artist Julia Sieckman. I use their concept but wanted to add my own interpretation to convey in my paintings. I capture their emotion whether solemn or indifferent by using base tones to portray meaning and depth.
Savanah a work in progress
Q: Explain some of your pieces meaning to us, what about La Obsesión?
I painted La Obsesion when I was in a very dark place. The painting is a paradox as it represents both adversity and courage when facing your inner demons, just as shadow cannot exist without light, nor day without night, both are intertwined in this constant love affair of duplicity and salvation.
David Scholes is an amatuer artist from the UK. He has sold prints of his work globally and exhibited in Manchester, London and Bristol which has merited interviews and praise alike with several international art publications. Davids work is studied and emulated internationally by many artists and art students. David's work La Obsesión has recently been featured in a comparitve study together with the acclaimed artist Vincent Van Gogh and Edvard Munch.
The Devil's in the detail, working on La Incognita 2012
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