Saturday, July 15, 2017

WEBSITE




The coralguest.com website has now closed.

Everything moves forward, and it is now time to reconstruct.

The site held the same design since its inception in 2008 - far too long in design terms to maintain a contemporary appearance.

A brand new website for flower paintings and study work will return in due course and will be further documented to enable Collectors to catalogue their artworks in the context of the body of work as a whole. It will also enable the many students who have an interest in my work, to take on a more in depth study.

The new site will become a sister site to the now active drawings website, which shows my current work.  If you would like to reach the studio, before the new botanical site is completed, please do contact us via the contact page on the drawings website.

The drawings site holds flower and petal drawings, which are outside the conventional Botanical Art genre. These works represent my ongoing commitment to representing the natural world in natural light, and aims to explain levels of reality that go beyond the actual physical appearance of the mineral and plant kingdoms.

Thank you to all and everyone who visited the first coralguest.com website over the years, to all who purchased works of art, and to the many students and artists who have written to me about the on going tradition of precision and study work.





Friday, July 14, 2017

Archive of Drawings - Space Like Black Velvet Series







Blossom Arc in Outer Dark 
Number 1 
2006
Space Like Black Velvet Series 2006-10

carbon charcoal and watercolour wash on paper
150 x 130 cm

Each work in the Space Like Black Velvet Series uses charcoal with watercolour. 

I began working with this as a mixed media experiment, in 1974. 
It was for the development of this technique that I won the Chelsea College of Art Drawing Prize, as a fine art degree student in 1975.

This work is not so much about the tradition of the technique itself, but how it has come to be used in a brand new way. As all artists know, the majority of techniques used for drawing are not new. Rather it is how and why the techniques are put together that holds the potential for something completely new.  

This is a mixed media technique, and is often inappropriately associated with, and labelled as, the chiaroscuro. As all  art historians know, this is not when it actually originated, nor how it first came into use as a methodology.

In addition, the imagery of flowers within a dark background - using any kind of medium or technique - is by no means original, because this too has a history. 

The originality of this particular work lies in how the mixed media technique is united with the imagery. 

The combination of the subject matter with the technique was in itself a unique idea. I brought the two together as a student, and its development can be traced back through my archive to 1975.


In this Series, the work represents a dark space for a light image of a flower. This is not simply a formal concern, rather it holds an ongoing idea and a wish to develop the central image as a light object, which is held within and emerges from, the darkness of space. This is the mystery and the spirit of the work - when the technique fuses with the subject matter in a spectacular way.







Daisy Arc in Outer Dark
Number 2
2008
Space Like Black Velvet Series 2006-10

carbon charcoal and watercolour wash on paper
150 x 130 cm

Coral G Guest
Private Collection


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