Horsham artist, Steve Cobb, has five of his original paintings on sale in Horsham’s Art Ache Gallery above Rachel’s Kitchen in the Carfax.
Known locally as a photographer for the West Sussex County Times based in Horsham, Steve was with the paper for nearly thirty years.
Steve said: “The future now sees me taking a new creative direction. My life as an artist began in earnest last December when I was exhibited in the Horsham Museum and Art Gallery to popular approval. Much encouraged I continued to paint and from the end of November. I am offering five framed 20 x 16 original acrylic paintings for sale, for the first time in Horsham.”
The five pictures offered for sale from November 22, to January 9, represent a cross-section of Steve’s work over the last year.
Steve said: “I’ve tried different forms of expression, and when first starting a literal representation of what I saw was the ultimate goal. More recently I’ve tried a much looser approach. After all, as a photographer what use do I have for an accurate reproduction of a subject? I could photograph it and be done with it.
“For me, I’ve come to appreciate the artist has to enter the process more explicitly. The picture must convey more than just a copy of any scene. I want my pictures to convey a mood, my emotional response to a subject. I want to enter the picture as ‘artist’ and transform the image into a feeling, a physical two-dimensional expression of how I respond to the subject.
Sometimes the picture is simply a delight in a particular colour. But isn’t that just an expression of what I feel too?”
You can see more of Steve’s work on his Facebook page at ‘Steve Cobb Artwork’ or you can follow him on Twitter @stevecobb.
Steve added: “Painting for me is a pleasure; an escape from tribulations in life. It is about the enjoyment of facing a blank white rectangle and beginning a journey. The process of painting is interactive and the paint can take me in directions I never intended at the outset. But that is indeed the pleasure.
“The journey, the freedom to take a chance and make mistakes. Sometimes the mistakes lead to something better than I had ever intended.”