Steve Moberly

Really interesting, vibrant colour palette.  Translucent paint juxtaposed with denser paint, or heavily patterned areas alongside looser more abstract sections.  The work feels dense, complex, and multi-layered.  It’s not the subject matter that interests me as it feels to disturbing – but the different styles of painting, colour palettes and techniques within each painting.

Sarah Dwyer

I am interested in these because of the abstraction and the way the line, form and colour all combine together.  Again, there are layers, a hidden element to the work.  Areas of block colour that mask what lies beneath. Areas of bright colour take the eye around the canvas and a lovely balance of different strengths and types of mark making.


Dwyer describes her work:-

My process of conceiving an image is rooted in the line, and always retains the impulsive nature of drawing“.  John Moores Painting Prize 2016: National Museums Liverpool

This feels a crucial connection to retain within my own practice – an abstraction of colour that is somehow tied together with line.

Karl Bielik

It is the celebration of colour and form that I respond to in Bielik’s work.  He describes his process as follows:-

Working on a multitude of paintings and drawings at a time, my brew of abstractions are developed in batches.  Irregular canvases cover the studio walls and floors, and I shift from one painting to another, experimenting playfully with mark making“.  John Moores Painting Prize 2016 catalogue: National Museums Liverpool

Studying Bielik’s use of colour and line is something that I feel will help broaden my interpretation of the human form.  His method of working is also one I feel will help me – I have been asked by both tutors to slow down, to take time away from my work and this appears a good solution.


Please refer to my research sketchbook for further research and investigation into experimentation with painting methods.