Ivan Grieve

United Kingdom

Illustrator

Email

Working with a range of materials I develop surfaces through sensory expressions, that evolve into portraits and landscapes. These become dynamic and intimate works that emerge from gestural mark making and experimentation with pigments and grounds. Self-portraits begin with a process of tactile observation of my own face, translating that onto paper to see what emerges from my fingertips. Landscapes are documented through sketches on site with charcoal, liquid graphite and pencil. I also make minor interventions with natural materials at the site to get in touch with the environment that I am working with. Returning to the studio I begin working on Fabriano paper using materials gathered from the landscape including feathers, clay, mud and leaves, adding studio materials and pigments including Bideford Black, Shellac and Gesso leading me to to build an expression of my experience in the landscape Self-portraits begin with a process of tactile observation of my own face, translating that onto paper to see what emerges from my fingertips. I turn in profile to the paper, to start exploring my head, holding the charcoal quite loosely to make marks on the paper scanning the head through intuitive processes as opposed to observational study. I develop a series of studies that are laid horizontally onto a panoramic sequence of paper. The images are then examined in detail to draw out a pattern in the chaos; some recognition of human forms such as a brow or lip. These develop into a series of drawings that are self-portraits that become aspects of myself.