Wallingford, United Kingdom
About Gerard Sexton
Photographer cum New Media artist/fabric designer living in Oxfordshire. Back in the 70's I completed a foundation course in Graphic Design but personal circumstances took me on a different journey into manufacturing. Throughout the next 32 years I dabbled with art, life drawing mainly but latterly creating small works using pastels and Acrylics. On my retirement 10 years ago I spent much of my time developing my photography skills both as a shooter and in the digital darkroom. My experience taught me I could adopt photoshop not only as my photographic post production tool but as a means of recreating art similar if not the same to my pastels and acrylics. Using pixels instead of paint or chalk. Also I could fuse my photography and photographic reproduction my original pastels and algorithmic art to fashion my creations using a computer screen as my canvas. What you see here is the result of perhaps 10 years experimentation heart searching and reflection. Most artists will understand that the journey into their art can be self destructive frustrating and downright infuriating as it takes time to realise our own potential. I was no different. In the words of Georgia O'Keefe is about turning the unknown into the known. Since about 2013 I have starting selling my work and progressed sufficiently enough in my own heart to believe in what I do enough to have my work here at Saatchi and have shown in external exhibitions. I am still a reticent participant in this field but am growing in confidence and skill. My work is I would say idiosyncratic but represents the way I feel and how I see. You could regard me as a digital colourist drawing influence from past colourists from Hodgkins to kandinsky and Klee. As a photographer I am drawn to light and as an observer to shapes colour and to what I call found art; weathered wood torn advertising hoardings and all manner of found objects in everyday life. And with the daily bombardment of a plethora of visual imagery via TV the internet and magazines I guess all this scrambled together is my visual archive an accumulation of imagery my mental pool of resources picked up on my way through life. My methods are frankly random well in so far as I start without any idea of the final outcome of a piece. I would say it is instinctive shapes and colours fused together while I create texture with photographic images and photos of my pastel work in an attempt to take away that "digital" feel. But in the end I am who I am. Digital/new media art is just another form of expression. As digital artists per se are not cheats or frauds we employ available technology to express our creativity. In fact we are moving with the times and adapting to new technology pioneering new approaches. Our work has its place at the table and is as valid as any traditional approach. After all what you see is what you get. And if you don't get it thats fine. I sell limited edition prints but am happy to explore other means of display like printing on aluminium or canvas or even perspex. If you want to commission me I would be happy to explore the possibility as would I be happy to share with you a burgeoning portfolio too large to share here. The spin off from all this is I am now designing women scarves that incorporate elements of my artwork if you interested to see my latest designs please follow the link that follows www.silkscarvesbygerard.com. Thank you for buying and thank you for looking. Looking is always free.
Ba Hons in the field of Organisational Development
New Artists Fair Truman Brewery London Sept 2015
Cholsey Arts Exhibition May 2015
Redress Open Studios Nov 2013.