Nina Fowler Print is delighted to announce that it’s first guest artist is the award-winning painter Craig Wylie. 6 signed, limited edition prints of Craig’s starkly beautiful figure paintings will be available exclusively through Nina Fowler Print from Wednesday 22 July, 2015.
Zimbabwe-born, Craig studied Fine Art at Rhodes University in South Africa, graduating with Distinction. In 1998 he moved to London where his talent was soon recognized, winning the London Region Prize at the Hunting Prizes held at the RCA in 2001; the Royal Institute of Oil Painter’s Young Artist Award in 2002; and the BP Portrait Award in 2008. 2014 saw shortlistings for both the Lynn Painter-Stainers and Threadneedle Prizes. Currently Craig’s ‘Self-portrait with plant’ is on show at the Ruth Borchard Self-Portrait Prize 2015, Piano Nobile Gallery, Kings Place, London.
This series of prints celebrates a return to painting the full nude figure directly from life. He says of his latest work: “The constant examination in paint of the physically present human subject over a lengthy period of time seems to open up a temporally stretched zone for the viewer in the complete work. A zone where something of the ‘poignancy of fact’, to quote Francis Bacon, is allowed to coagulate and congeal into something more than the sum of its parts.
“Accompanied by inanimate, aesthetically unsympathetic objects, the detritus of life encountered in the ritual that is my daily trip to and from the studio (in Hackney Wick, East London) old, abandoned furniture; discarded wood; transport pallets; dumped organic matter; plastic packaging; blue chemical barrels, they combine to form a symbiotic relationship suggestive of a pre- or post-apocalyptic world.
“Operating in a largely instinctual way, I’ve made, in trial and error, combinations of these objects and figures in paint until something sticks and feels right, something that points beyond the apparently obvious situation described, these objects become the sounding board for their private, ambiguous, inner states of mind.”
Craig cites Renaissance masters such as Velazquez and Rogier van Der Weyden alongside such Modern masters as Giacommetti, Bacon, Auerbach and Freud as motivators for his practice.
Craig’s work is represented in numerous private collections worldwide and is held publicly in the permanent collection of the National Portrait Gallery, London.
Nina Fowler Print is proud to offer this unique opportunity to own a highly collectable print, signed and numbered by Craig Wylie.
All images © Craig Wylie