About Guy and his work

Guy Warner

Guy Warner

“In my latest work I aim to capture the Cotswold landscape as seen from my vantage point as a walker roaming its footpaths and byways. I enjoy a wonderful sense of freedom wandering on footpaths through the hills, and I try to capture that feeling in my pictures. Although the landscape of the Cotswolds is very much shaped by man, I love the way nature still predominates, and I want to convey the way the trees, vegetation and form of the land have a spirit all of their own.

The fact that I often find the landscape devoid of other human life suits my goal of creating unpeopled pictures where the viewer plays the role of the lone traveller and therefore has space for contemplation, away from the hustle and bustle of everyday life. I am aware, too, that my work is part of a long tradition of the pastoral in English art and I am keen to develop my own vision of the English countryside as a rural idyll, where peace reigns and the stresses of the modern, urban world are forgotten.

I use oil paint on canvas as I find the texture and intensity of colour is unparalleled for creating the depth I want to achieve in my work. I treat all subjects on the canvas with the same expressive brushwork; an approach which serves to draw similarities between natural forms such as trees and clouds which are physically quite different but, visually, are part of the harmonious whole of nature. I also love the way visible brush marks bridge the gap between painting as illusion and painting as decoration; the decorative effect of colour and form are just as important as the subject matter. It is also important to me that the human story of the painting’s creation should be self-evident.

My style is constantly evolving as I find new ways to respond to the challenge of representing a particular place or mood. I am excited by the prospect of exploring how I can better use form and colour to go beyond simple topography to express emotion and feeling.”

Guy Warner, Summer 2014

 

Biography

Born in Birmingham in 1985 Guy has always had a great passion for art, forging a career in landscape painting without any formal training. He now lives in the Cotswolds where he continually explores new methods of representing the world around him, always striving to capture the spirit of his subject.

Guy regularly undertakes commissions as well as working on personal projects, selling both through galleries and directly to various collectors.

 

Exhibitions

Wold Galleries, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. Spring 2014

Burford Art Gallery, Burford Garden Company, Burford, Oxon. Spring – Autumn 2013

Wold Galleries, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. Spring 2013

Wold Galleries, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. Autumn 2012

The Theatre, Chipping Norton, June 2012

The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden, Warks. May 2012

Wold Galleries, Moreton-in-Marsh, Glos. Spring 2012

B P Collins Solicitors offices, Gerrards Cross, Bucks. Jan-April 2012

The Gallery Upstairs, Henley-in-Arden, Warks. November 2011

By Local shop, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, June 2011

Untitled Artists’ Fair, Chelsea, London June 2011

By Local shop, Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, November 2010

Piers Feetham Gallery, Fulham, London 2010

Broadway Arts Festival, Broadway, Worcestershire, 2010, two pictures accepted

Unique Fine Art Gallery, Shenstone, Staffs, 2006

Wallace Robinson and Morgan (Solicitors) offices, Solihull, Birmingham. Permanent display beginning autumn 2005.

Solihull Library, Solihull, Birmingham, September, 2005

RBSA Open Exhibition, Birmingham, March 2005, two pictures accepted