Please do come and visit my garden studio as part of Oxfordshire Artweeks. The colourful content of this exhibition looks at the beauty of "the everyday" with new paintings of kitchen table Still Lifes, snoozing cats and garden views. As well as affordable art there will also be greetings cards available to buy and you're very welcome to take a moment for yourself in my pretty studio garden and have a cup of tea and a slice of cake.
Hello! I'm Challoner Spokes and I'm a painter. My paintings are full of big colour, shape and bold contrasts. The paintings often depict themes of nature and of relationships, the cultivation of memory and of horticulture. A lot of my paintings are done in oil paint or acrylic. I love the feel of paint. It’s buttery and smooth and the act of putting the paint on canvas is delicious. I make my own canvas boards so that I can feel completely involved in whole process.
My work is representational but it is not bound by reality. I’m interested in shape, line and colour. For me, light is important but mainly to show up contrasts in colour. I enjoy the line that interrupts colours to define shape and objects. Colour theory and the Fauvist art movement really excite me. I like creating work which is more than reality; I like to emphasise what is important about the subject and, for me, that means Lines and Colour.