Q: You have'nt released any new work in a long time, what are you working on at the moment?
It's difficult to find a balance between having full time work commitments and making time for my art. I am drained mentally but, I love painting and love what I paint, deep down I know that I have a lot more to give.
My love for art started when I was a child, I sketched, painted and drew as every child did but felt I was different to the other kids and immersed myself totally into my artwork. My teachers recognised me as having potential but like most Comprehensive Schools at that time little was done to develop or encourage my ability, art it seemed was not associated with occupation. I left School at 16 discouraged, which I suppose influenced me enough to postpone my dream of becoming an artist. So, I chose a different career path, in almost 30 years I never put paint to canvas.
A lot of my work 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, La Indulgencia was the end result. Whether created by the artist or viewed by the observer, art really is such a diverse and unique form of expression and there is always something for someone.
Gilding the Lilly was my first mixed media painting (acrylic & gold leaf). 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 face in gold as though the very act would make her more beautiful. 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.
Q: Explain some of your pieces meaning to us, what about La Obsesión?
La Obsesion was painted when I was at a very low ebb in my life. The painting is a paradox as it represents both adversity and courage, just as shadow cannot exist without light, nor day without night, both are intertwined in this constant love affair of duplicity and salvation.
David L Scholes is a self representing 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 recieved global recoginition with over 1 Million hits via numerous social media platforms including Facebook, Pinterest, Instagram and Tumblr to name but a few. David has recently 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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