Jon Doran artist Cornwall

John Doran

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Artist Jon Doran teaches on our Painting with Oils four day course and four day The Portrait course.

Jon says of his work "I am interested in taking classical subjects of still life, portraiture and figures in landscape and rearticulating them through a digitally influenced and fragmented approach to painting.

Hopefully viewers find themselves bouncing between engaging with the subject, the cup or floral arrangement for example, and the actual substance of paint, the streaks, dashes and marks. Almost like breaking the forth wall, I hope to coax the eye into believing the play of light on form, but then call it out and show that it's just paint on a surface.

I tend to paint different subjects in the search for emotionally charged atmospheres. Figures in woodlands, inspired by Caspar David Friedrich's 'Wanderers' are a constant. The groups of people tend to be navigating and working there way through dense shrubbery, which I find to be both visually interesting as well as philosophically pertinent. Also cups and flowers, an influence by the likes of Cezanne and Mondrian. These are an attempt to find profundity in the simple. The Portraits, well, what can I say other than painting peoples faces is totally fascinating".

Registered Office: Newlyn School of Art, The Old Board School, Chywoone Hill, Newlyn, Cornwall TR18 5AW. Tel: 01736365557.
Company Number: 7621257. Registered in Cardiff in 2011.