Marc Summersgill, portraiture
I am endlessly fascinated by the quality of the light that surrounds me and draw inspiration from the striking use of high contrast and texture in the works of the old masters. This has led me into the drawing and painting of real world subjects, exploring how subtle changes in light can alter mood and emphasis, turning everyday objects into exciting and memorable images.
My current work concentrates largely on the female nude, a form which lends itself to the use of strong light and shadow. The images are both soft and three dimensional, crafted and also strikingly human. I look back to classical drawings and sculptures of the human figure as starting points, but the techniques and design elements I use are very much of the twenty first century.