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Gordon Rayner

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Style

Gordon Rayner discusses the importance of landscape and the environment in his work. Throughout his travels, the uniqueness of a place - its culture, art, and light, are a major influence on his approach to painting.


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Research

In this clip, Gordon talks about his love of research and what an integral part it is of his working process. In his series of portraits of famous artists throughout history, he used an assortment of photographs, paintings and drawings from library sources as a starting point.


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Influences 1

Coming from of a long line of painters and commercial artists, Rayner knew from the start that he wanted to become an artist. In this clip, he talks about his apprenticeship at 15 years of age with Jack Bush. At this exciting and pivotal time, Bush and his colleagues, known as the Painters Eleven, where making the change from naturalistic imagery to abstraction.

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Influences 2

Acknowledging your influences and emulating them is, for some artists, an important and useful step in developing their our personal style. Inevitably though, each person must find their "own voice". For Gordon Rayner, a talented and versatile copyist, "the difficulty was in trying to shed the influences".

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Process

Rayner describes the process of creating a painting, his tools and techniques - including photo references, image transfer initial colour washes, mediums and glazes.

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