Biography and Artist Statement
Colin Staples Biography
For Colin Staples "Art" and the world of "Visual Imagery" has always been a vital driving force within his life. It is where he instinctually connects with the beauty and character of each subject he puts on canvas, and the place where he discovers the moment where the visual journey begins with the train of thought in mind …
“I let go and watch the work create itself”
Although Colin’s love for art has existed since his early childhood years, and has continued to develop throughout his adult life Colin professes, “the concepts behind my art have been largely influenced by years of studying martial arts and it‘s philosophy of "shedding the ego“. Colin feels his best work is expressed through this approach, which has created a solid sense of intimacy and trust with the process and the subjects he paints.
Colin’s work is primarily portrait and figure in acrylics, which resonates a genuine feel of freshness through the continuous strokes and mixing of new colors. His paintings are on a large scale where Colin’s objective is to paint to the surface of the canvas while retaining the quality of the soul he sees before him. He states “although there is a lot of pre-planning that has to take place prior to the actual painting of the subject … and most of it goes out the window. However, it is at that very place where my ego moves out of the way and allows the image to create itself“.
“my work is completed within the one sitting to capture the soul and life essence of the subject. I find when I allow my soul the freedom to paint another’s soul ~ those are my best works and that of true" LifeArt “.
So after many years of painting Colin continues to feel a passion and calling toward abstraction with the focus on maintaining the essence and integrity of the soul before him. It is also where these elements stand as a testament to his love and respect for art, the incredible process and the next visual journey that awaits him.
There is a natural urge…a sense of urgency for me to express my art, be it drawing, painting, sculpting………………..trimming the hedges!
I believe my art to be an expression of my nature and my nature is to give. “to give”……in relation to my art, I mean to give an emotion and leave a memory to those who view it. I enjoy connecting with and helping people so the focus of my subject matter has always been that of life. I want people to feel the presence of the person in the portrait, see the figure in movement…I want people to see what I feel when I am doing my work.
Like most artists I have explored various styles to see what works for me. I have done realism and really enjoyed the process, although not easy it was clear what I had to do, respect the proportions and the colours, the biggest challenge is to get the underdrawing correct. It is a great feeling to get a work to look life like… but it never expressed my emotion, eventually I found my emotion in spontaneity… beginning a piece without knowing what I was wanting to achieve, not knowing what colours I was going to use next or the textures I would apply, so I satisfied my expression in a contemporary style, a flux of fear and delight with the freedom to abstract vibrant colours while respecting key features. After some soul searching I realised my style would follow my emotion so I just needed to do what gave me pleasure
Acrylic as a medium, gives me the qualities and properties I need to express movement, drying rapidly so there is no playing or muddying of previously mixed colours, forcing me to constantly mix fresh colours to keep the flow. I like to move fast in putting colour to the canvas to keep this freshness alive and although at times frustrating, I get excited when I reach the time of ”throwing the paint” as unexpected results occur, dynamic and spontaneous………this is also the reason I choose to work large scale, allowing me the freedom to express movement with a carefree energy. Rather than me controlling the paint I feel the paint teaches me through this process of randomness… colours hit places where I don’t intend them to, revealing a result I would not think to use. I am never alone painting…there is always the paint to argue with!
My current direction and body of works in painting is a little more expressionist incorporating metallic and pearlescent paints on highly textured dark backgrounds using sponges, scrapers and unconventional tools to apply the mediums discovering new techniques. Focusing on Argentine Tango, the soul of Buenos Aires… a true expression of passion and art in motion… much for me to learn here!