Phil Alder Artist. Paintings.
Gardens, Flowers, Foliage, Water, and Light.
Born in 1951. A career in arts and as a practicing artist in west Wales.
I use mixed colours, rhythm, shallow depths and 'calligraphic' brushwork. The paintings are about sensation, often a very pleasant one of being surrounded by foliage, flowers, light and colour.
The studio paintings and the more 'abstract' watercolours seek to pin down this 'inner image', the sensual recollection visually recreated as an equivalent.
I tend to work through themes and ideas over ten to fifteen year cycles. Currently concentrating on gardens and movement but these have been recurring source material over several decades.
My studio paintings are normally small to medium, that is around 30 cms - 100cms usually in oil paint laid over ground stained in acrylic. They are worked quickly in bouts but with lengthy periods of consideration between the painting sessions.
I also enjoy the immediacy of watercolour, it's lightness and delicacy of touch, the way the brush can 'dance'. I use watercolour to make my brush drawings and also some paintings. They vary in size from 10 cms to 80 cms.
The vocabulary of my style has been developed over many years and so illustrations in the gallery pages on this site show my work’s evolution. I have shown examples of previous work as well as current practice.
I would welcome site specific commissions for larger works and would do so in a four stage commissioning process.
'High Summer 2014 (Trefechan)'' watercolour on paper. 21cm x 50cm. (Private Collection)