Jonny is a 32 year old self taught artist living in Darlington. He formerly spent years working solely in pencil (mostly a 4B!) producing photo-realistic portraits of people and wildlife. After suffering some disillusionment with the lengthy process and also the essentially uncreative finished works, I’ve been led to the world of paint and colour. Little spots of detail amongst liberally applied loose paint is what excites me now.
Once I saw this painting I was immediately drawn to it. The colours sing and
the looseness of the strokes are beautiful. The young lady’s lowered gaze
seemed to suggest a coyness, but with the way her left hand is draped semicasually
I couldn’t help but feel there was a definite spontaneity and
recklessness that she was hiding. This, coupled with the 20/30s hairstyle led me
to recall an article I’d read on the little known female racing drivers of the 30s.
Overcoming great odds to race alongside men at legendary circuits like
Brooklands and Le Mans, these were strong independent women. In my mind,
my protagonist is a lady of speed, scarf flapping in the wind; perhaps on an
early joyride in a car she really shouldn’t be in at that point!
Find out more infromation about Jonny and his work at - http://www.jonnylancaster.co.uk/portfolio.html