Carl Gamester Artist Statement
Carl Gamester has always had a passion for art from a very young age and spent most of his childhood drawing. He created his first abstract wood sculpture at the age of twelve. He continued to follow his interest for art by studying for O’level Art at school and then A’level. He then went on to take a two year course in General Art and Design. On completion, he gained a place at Wimbledon Art School to study at degree level but unfortunately was unable to pursue degree Art education until later in his career. He continued to take Photographs during a period when he lived abroad in Germany and had exhibitions there. He also sold his photographs to art collectors during this time.
Carl’s practice consists of the mediums Sculpture, Photography and Painting. His inspiration for his sculptures comes from varied sources. They can be for example his subconscious perception of the female archetype, as in the sculpture”Artemis” (see website www.CarlsArt.co.uk (sculpture)); the essential nature of females. Their sexuality and voluptuousness. The female essence and power they wield due to their beauty and curvaceousness. Or the inspiration can come from artefacts that he has initially drawn in the British Museum for example. These initial drawings, then often morph into abstract drawings of three dimensional sculptures in their own right. He also draws inspiration from abstract elements that he has observed in architecture; photographed and then drew. Finally, rendering into a three dimensional form. Carl has recently made sculptures in wood and stone learning new carving techniques. Carl is mostly self-taught in these skills.
Carl has also created angular metal sculptures from pieces of metal which he configures before welding into shapes and forms that he deems harmonious. He juxtaposes the metal elements until he has created shapes that work in space and that he considers have “vibrancy” about them. The juxtaposed materials in his metal sculptures create tension. The rationale being, that the contrast of the different elements placed side by side create fusion were they meet; at the same time maintaining their unique identity. The contrast of the elements (straight and curved/long and short); create a dynamism as they “work” against each other where they touch.
Within his sculptures Carl mainly tries to follow the concept of attempting to create a piece of work that has vitality; from within that works in harmony with negative space and the surroundings. That is, trying to create work that has a presence and vitality in its own right. He has endeavoured with his sculptures, to create works of art that have a verve and dynamism of their own, that can exist in space (i.e. a powerful presence) with their own uniqueness; that stand out and have an impact on their surroundings. A repetitive pattern can be observed within his metal sculptures in that the segments are interlaced and juxtaposed to produce a harmonious impression i.e. parts within the sculpture reflecting others in their shape and alignment etc. Carl gets his inspiration from diverse areas: including architecture and machinery, as well as including the human form. He does not try to create realism through the media of sculpture and painting, believing that photography is more appropriate for this purpose. Instead, he attempts to capture the quintessence or vitality/energy of what he perceives through the creation of paintings and sculptures. Perhaps in his abstract paintings and sculptures of nudes, the totality of what woman symbolise to him on a psychological level; the fundamental nature of their power and magnificence. Carl is at his happiest when he is creating sculpture as he finds it more dynamic, expressive and challenging than the other art disciplines, as it can be viewed from all angles.
His photography practice ranges from analogue black and white to colour photography as well as digital photography. He uses traditional (analogue) photography methods as well as digital. Within the traditional photography medium Carl uses traditional processing methods to develop the film; creating the prints by hand in a dark room. Carl renders the black and white photographs, mostly highly contrasty as he finds this makes the pictures more atmospheric. Within his portraits (in analogue) he has been known to explore the relationship between the viewer and the subject. He achieves this by deliberately seeking out and incorporating people in his work who are on the fringes of society. He has tried to capture images of people that have an interesting persona (in his portraiture series). He tries to convey the individuality and uniqueness of the sitter. The portraits ask the viewer specific questions about their preconceived ideas of people. These marginalised and sometimes suppressed groups provoke thoughts in the viewer and hopefully challenge the viewer (through his photographs) to regard the subjects in a new more positive light; freeing them of any preconceived ideas and prejudices. His photographs are depictions of what inspires him. Currently nature: landscapes, portraiture and architecture. Carl has most recently been experimenting with the limits of digital photography. Photographing coloured light to create images that appear like a canvas of light and are more akin to an abstract painting than a photograph (see website: www.CarlsArt.co.uk (Night Scenes)).
Carl’s painting technique is surreal and the paint is applied in layers. He gains greatest enjoyment when applying paint with painting apparatus (rather than brushes), as he savours the freedom and serendipity that can be obtained when using such implements. This results in the paintings having a sculptural element to them: as the paint juts out in places from the canvas, giving them a three dimensional quality. He has made a series of paintings based on the Greek gods and goddesses, with contemporary reference which give insight into the nature of modern human relationships.
Carl is at his happiest when he is creating art. He hopes to bring enjoyment to the lives of others by using his artistic talents and abilities. Carl hopes that other people can gain as much enjoyment from the final output as he did when making the pieces.