working artists


James Faure Walker

artist statement | technical statement | process


Having a sketchbook is practical too. While working on this project I came across a fascinating dish in ochres and reds in the Victoria and Albert Museum's English Decorative Arts section. It was in fact Slovakian, late eighteenth century, based on an Iznik design. The curves of the leaves fascinated me, so I did a quick sketch.

I elaborated some ideas in doodles, and realized I could link this theme up with the cardboard structures. Instead of fixing these shapes to the studio wall I left them on the floor. I had found three cardboard reels discarded by the road - they are used in the manufacture of watchstraps. I painted six large-scale blue gouaches, and realized how much better they would be if composited together digitally and reworked. I often make such drawings as source material for digital works, and vice versa. Part of the point of the relief series has been to play with lines that bend in 3D. The concavity of the bowl's surface, and the flow of the line led me to make further studies, both physical and digital. The lower layer derives from the photographed gouaches mixed with the painted relief, and with drawing in digital liquid ink. In the final picture the scaffolding has fallen away, though one of the reels is re-stated in outline. The top layer of drawing was made in one rapid session using Painter 7`s pattern-brush feature. Having sampled the range of blues from the gouaches I made some simple patterns, which I used in alternating phases as I drew. Having tested a number of printings I then set about producing this giclee print edition.