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Reader’s Showcase | Tony Dexter | Creative Re-emergence

by Helen Aldous

Who am I?

I’ve only recently taken up painting (other than the kitchen!) after a break of more than forty years. I’m a business and marketing consultant and paint in my spare time. In my younger days I trained as a sculptor but I chose to enter the world of commerce. So now I’m beginning to take every opportunity to put acrylic on canvas. I’m really fond of painting portraits and keen to create more images. I’m constantly questioning and challenging ‘technique’ over substance as I want to improve my skills but not by applying some formula.

Kitty

Kitty

For me it’s not easy to paint. I love portraiture BUT I don’t want the images I create to be photographic. I try, as with the picture of our granddaughter Kitty, to capture something of the character of the person. I think every grandparent loves their grand children and with three I’ve been busy painting them at various stages of their growing lives. Children can be a challenge to capture. Not because they don’t sit still but because their features – like the bridge of their nose – is not fully formed. If you were to see me, well, I’ve a fully grown ‘snout’ (Romanesque I’d like to think!) so my nose can cast a few shadows and give my face clear definition. But Kitty’s face and that of her sister and cousin are still developing so capturing the subtlety of the light and shade is an enjoyable challenge.

 

The banana skin dancing in the river

The banana skin dancing in the river

I once put a banana skin in a river and was surprised to see how animated the current made it appear. It was as if it had come to life and was ‘dancing’ downstream. I wanted to try and paint this scene from memory. I suppose this picture is something of an exercise in seeking to portray it but also, after painting many portraits, an opportunity to try a freer more abstract style.

The fishman always comes on Friday

The fishman always comes on Friday

This image is a combination of several influences. The man’s face was inspired by a church sculpture. The fish body by a gutted dead fish I found on a beach. The blending of the two has, for me, echoes of our over fishing of our seas and how fish and man are intertwined.

 

The girl

The girl

A friend sent me a photograph of her daughter and I was moved by the wonderful starkness of her pale face and the mass of her hair. I wanted to embellish and amplify these elements as, it seemed to me, that by simplifying her features I could dramatise her appeal.

If you would like to contact Tony you can email him via tony{at}stonesthrow. org .uk or call him on 0795 666 7792

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Helen Whitehead June 26, 2011 at 2:05 pm

Tony…these are beautiful! :)

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