Watercolour at Works on Paper
Jonathan Sainsbury has watercolour paintings in a show titled Works on Paper in the Science Museum, London www.sciencemuseum.org.uk 5-8th February. Jonathan Sainsbury is represented by Simon Gudgeon from Sculpture by the Lakes www.sculpturebythelakes.co.uk
Barnvelders Square, illustrated above, image size 66 x 66 cm, is painted in watercolour and charcoal on paper.
Jonathan Sainsbury says, 'Using a square shape in my series of Square Paintings was a deliberate choice. It constrains what can be shown, so I have birds walking into the image and disappearing out of it. Birds that are shy, always moving in real life, come and go in the picture. At the same time, the composition is arranged to convey the movement of the subject. I have shown birds with realistic gestures drawing towards each other, leading the eye from one pose to another.
Barnvelders Square was exhibited in the Royal Glasgow Institute Annual Exhibition 2009
Another painting from Jonathan Sainsbury's Square Series is Pied Turkeys Square, shown above.
A judge for the Society of Animal Artists' exhibition wrote of Jonathan Sainsbury's Pied Turkeys Square, 'The handling of the medium is superb, but more importantly, there is 'movement and behaviour' and most striking is the composition. The angle is somewhat down on the turkeys, and the artist allows parts of the birds to go off the page - the tail at the top, and the wings at the bottom - which makes for a strong, dynamic, yet simple composition ...'
Jonathan is also showing small works in watercolour, including miniatures.