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Ian Carr

Kindergarten

Acrylic on canvas 120cm x 120cm
2011

Grill

Acrylic and paper on canvas
2011

Salcombe

Acrylic and paper on canvas 90cm x 90cm
2011

Dale 1

Acrylic and paper on board 63cm x 43cm
2011

Ian Carr

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Ian Carr

My ideas come from varied sources, be it the sea, the land, a weathered building, patterns in the estuary mud, plants climbing up a trellis, rusting machinery; there are infinite resources and everything has possibilities for exploration.  I am interested in layers; peeling them back to discover something afresh.  Explorations of colour and surface within a strong framework are a recurring theme.  I love the effect age brings and the character it gives to an object.  

Recycling plays a big part in my work.  I scrape unused paint from my palette to re-use; cut hair is incorporated into my work along with old newspapers, sawdust, rags, pencil sharpenings, sand, ash and things I haven't thought of yet.

I get immense satisfaction from the joy of looking and my work is primarily entertainment for the eye, but after that initial engagement I would like to think that the viewer can share my visual journey and appreciate how the work evolved from its original starting point to the finished piece.  Each starting point is rooted in observation, either direct or from memory.  When we look at something we take away different memories, like after-images, the visual imprint giving lasting pleasure.