Christopher McClelland – Ruben’s Pegasus on a South Western Road
|Over the past ten years, I have been exploring and adapting very traditional techniques of painting and drawing, developed through post-graduate academic painting and drawing studies I completed in Florence and Paris. Light, colour and atmosphere are important aspects of my work, as well as explorations of identity, culture and the human form.
Although the work contains aspects of academic realism and many of the techniques are inspired by the artists of the Renaissance, Baroque and even 19th century European narrative paintings, I am fascinated by the crossover between the rigour of academic techniques and lusciousness of paint being allowed its own freedom of expression. In this way, the artwork is an exploration of the act of painting itself.