Neville Longmore, Huile sur aluminium scanné et retravaillé digitalement
Le site de Neville Longmore
Artist’s Statement (from Neville Longmore website)
Aesthetically my work resembles twentieth century abstract painting but I have never consciously tried to emulate a particular painter or movement. I just find early modernist European painting and later abstract work from the New York School still fresh and inspiring. I think it is important that my art has what Kandinsky described as "inner necessity" allowing self expression and discovery.
I work with pastels, pencils oils acrylics and watercolours. After I have finished a work, I would often scan it or photograph it to see if I can take it further in the digital medium. Often I would start with older work that I am more emotionally detached from because I am trying to transform the image into something new. The process of digital transformation is a process of discovery and one of the most difficult things is not getting too excited about the choices. Changes can feel controlled or unexpected and you are constantly having to make judgements about the way the work is progressing.
The more you use the software the more automatic the operations become and the more it starts to feel like using a pencil or other tool. Often a struggle or play between your artistic will and the automatic nature of the machine evolves, and I feel this helps to retain the immediacy of the work.
One problem with working digitally is criticism about the ease of transformation compared to traditional media. I take that on board in that I push the machine to the limit in the same way I would try to push paint. I admire the work digital artists have done in 3 dimensional programming but I feel I am still trying to compete with artists of the last century e.g. Gorky, Miro, Klee, Kandinsky, they really had it.