Bobby Open is a watercolour artist working across a range of subject matter, including still life, portraits and town and landscapes, completed both in the studio and ‘en plein air’.
In contrast to the more traditional watercolour technique of glazing and working from light to dark, Bobby uses a direct painting approach in his watercolours, aiming for the correct colour, shape and tone on the first attempt. This often involves establishing darker values at an early stage, to act as reference points in order to achieve lightness and freshness in the paintings.
This approach to watercolours is well suited to flower painting, with its ephemeral subject matter. The compositions become starting points for abstraction, where objects are always considered in relation to adjacent objects and shapes.
Common to all of Bobby’s paintings are a number of recurring ideas. How to use tone and shape to express volume and depth. How to control colour and edges to capture light, shadow and form. And how to maintain consistency in a painting process that is so unpredictable and rewards taking risks.
Bobby studied architecture in Cambridge, and runs an architecture practice in the city. If architecture is about creating places, spaces and objects with character, atmosphere and meaning, painting can be a way of studying the places that we find beautiful and enduring, and trying to understand the relationships between things as well as the essence of the things themselves.
The works illustrated below are intended to give you a taste of what the gallery has to offer, please email us on firstname.lastname@example.org or call us on 01223 324222 to find out which pieces are currently available. Prices range from £295.