An exhibition of paintings by Nigel Shipley at HOURS Gallery, Bristol, 10 Colston Yard, BS1 5BD. Friday 30 Oct 6.00 – 9.00 p.m. and 1 Oct 11.00 – 5.00.

In a world preoccupied with technology, abstract painting connects us with our basic self expression. I am not interested in painting something that already exists. I try not to recreate an image. Instead, I may use it as a reference point from which to move on.

I am influenced by the Abstract Expressionists – for their dynamic brushwork and emotional rawness. By the Renaissance – for composition, light and movement. And by Japanese colour theory.

Some paintings can take months to finish whereas sometimes I’ve created a painting within a couple of hours. Something that really excites me is when you can sense the energy in how the materials have been applied to a painting.

Some things others have said about abstract painting…

  • If people would just look at the paintings, I don’t think they would have any trouble enjoying them. It’s like looking at a bed of flowers, you don’t tear your hair out over what it means.” ~ Jackson Pollock
  • We live in an age when the traditional great subjects – the human form and the landscape – are daily devalued by commercial art. ~ Andy Warhol
  • Abstract painting is like music and it has to separate from everyday reality. ~ Author: Irving Stone
Where do we go now?
Rumble in the jungle
Ghost ship
As day follows night
Now I know where I am going
A merman I should be
Eye of the storm
Feeling safe here
You bring your own weather to a picnic
Lift your eyes to heaven