Saul Cathcart

I always try to go about creating a painting in a new way. I look for fresh ways in which to apply and manipulate paint, because for me each painting is a different experience to the last. I only paint in situ, out in the landscape so I can respond to my surroundings directly. The idea of sketching something down is so pure and unpretentious. Itís an honest, naked view of a personís thoughts on a page. If you go into a sketch not concerned with how it looks, but focused on capturing what is there, the end result hides nothing. I want to go about creating a painting in the same way as this, to produce work with the same integrity. I often start by frantically scratching and scribbling into the canvas with pencils and pastels, to create bold and interesting marks as well as observational ones. At times Iím not looking at the canvas at all, but lost in what is happening in front of me. I like the idea of being instinctive and at times unpredictable with the colours I use. I also enjoy pushing paint around with immediacy allowing a painting to evolve in its own way. I put great trust in my hand movements and use big brushes to create gestural marks that echo the movement of the sea. Iím not concerned with reproducing the exact shape of a single wave, more with the many shapes a wave creates and the feelings felt at the time. I think this is a direct response to working on site, close to the waterís edge. I donít have time to tinker about. Waves come and go and change shape within a split second. Clouds move and the light is suddenly gone. Nature forces me to work fast.

All paintings are mixed media unless otherwise stated

      

Epic movement of light 

St Agnes Head

56x117cm

acrylic on canvas

£1700

 

Patterns in the rocks and waves

Chapel Porth

61x99cm

mixed media on canvas

£1400

 

The sun beats down 1

Rock dunes

30x31cm

mixed media on board

SOLD

 

The sun beats down 4

Rock dunes

30x31cm

mixed media on board

SOLD

 

The sun beats down 3

Rock dunes

30x31cm

mixed media on board

£450

 

The sun beats down 7

Rock dunes

30x31cm

mixed media on board

£450

 

Incoming white cloud on a wild grey sea

Polzeath

100x117cm

mixed media on canvas

SOLD

 

The extraordinary energy of Constantine Bay

100x117cm

mixed media on canvas

£2400

 

A moment before the rain sweeps in

Mawgan Porth

100x117cm

acrylic on canvas

£2400

 

Saul Cathcart Archive

A sample of previous work

 

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