'Little Bee-eaters' 15" x 11" oil and variegated metal leaf on canvas,my latest completed mixed media painting.The Bee-eaters are such beautiful little birds and whilst on safari in Botswana in 2014 I came across several species.The colours are so vivid that I wanted to put the birds onto an equally vivid background and so the variegated imitation gold leaf seemed the perfect accompaniment.Metal leaf is very difficult to photograph and so my efforts with the camera really don't do it justice but I hope you like it.More mixed media paintings can be found on my website www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com
My latest completed painting is a study of a roosting Tawny owl completed in oils with a background of applied 24 carat gold leaf on canvas.The gold leaf has been applied and deliberately distressed to make the surface a little more interesting and allow the painted canvas to show through.This and other works can be found on my website www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com
Since my last posting my art has taken a new direction as you can see from the images above.These paintings are mixed media pieces incorporating oils,acrylics and gold leaf,both 24 carat and imitation gold leaf and variegated leaf.
I felt that I wanted to create something that functioned as both a serious wildlife piece and a highly decorative artwork and hopefully will appeal to a broader art buying audience.
I spent 5 weeks in the far east at the start of this year and ,amongst other things,i spent time learning the art of gold leafing from a master artist at the Royal palace in Bangkok,where I learned how to apply gold leaf in the traditional manner used in the far east.I felt that,even though I don't use my gold leaf in a strictly traditional manner, it would be very useful to know how to from a professional point of view.
These images above are the result of my experimentation over the last few months and are now available to purchase.For full details of these paintings please check out my website at www.clivemeredithart.weebly.com
I hope you like these new works and I would love to hear your thoughts.Clive
South coast based Clive Meredith is an entirely self-taught artist and has been working professionally since 1993 specialising in detailed portrayals of wildlife from both Britain and abroad. Clive's initial interest in wildlife and the countryside was fostered in his early years, brought up the son of a dairy farmer, and spending hours outside in the Shropshire countryside birdwatching and larking about on the river Severn and its streams in his hometown of Shrewsbury. Working in both oils and mixed media,observation is vital to Clive's working practice.Each painting reveals meticulous attention to detail,achievable only by hours spent in the field observing and photographing subjects in their natural habitat.As a result Clive has become renowned for the stunning realism of his images and an incredibly assured ability to inject real life and character into his works. His art has been extensively published with over 80 limited edition releases to date and can be found in galleries throughout the uk and beyond. In 2010 Clive was named Wildlife Artist of the Year by Wildscape magazine after winning the prestigious annual competition with his image 'The Egret pool' and appeared as a finalist in the DSWF Wildlife Artist of the Year 2010,2012 and 2013 with works exhibited at The Mall Galleries in London. Clive is a member of the Pencil Art Society and the RSPB.