Tess Recordon explores the space between landscape and abstraction aiming to capture the 'essence of a place experienced over time'. Her paintings are inspired by places in the British Isles, the Far East and Morocco, imbued with atmosphere and essential memories. With an emphasis on materiality, Tess' work reflects not only her passion for place but also for paint and pigment experimentation.
My practice explores the space between landscape and abstraction using the theme of travel and memory. These are not traditional landscapes showing a particular view or scene - but aim instead to capture the atmosphere, smell and essence of a place experienced over time. The landscape - rural or urban - a living, changing environment.I leave my home environment to experience different perceptions of the world. New places - unusual sights, smells, sounds and tastes heighten the senses and focus the mind. Seemingly small or insignificant moments remain clear months on. Travel forms some of my most vivid memories and my work is an exploration of the recollections from these journeys.Oil paint is the most wonderfully versatile medium. I Work freely and experiment with the paint not limiting the creative process by constraints of style. Each painting its own place.Starting with multiple thin layers I move onto thicker layers. Pigments in their raw form are worked into the wet paint to add texture, depth and colour intensity. Whether the paint is poured, pigment added, sanded off or re-applied, the artistic process is not hidden from the viewer and can be seen under the final surface. These are physical, intuitive paintings full of drama, nature and event. Tess Recordon
1989-91 Fine Art Degree, Byam Shaw School of Art (at Central St Martins)
Awards: Principles prize & the Mercer's Scholarship
1986-87 Arts Foundation, Cambridge College of Arts and Technology2016 Highgate Gallery, London
2015 Burgh House and Hampstead Museum, London, Artist in Residence
2015 Burgh House and Hampstead Museum, London, "Romantic Notions"
2013 Burgh House and Hampstead Museum, London, "British Landscapes"
2013 Williams Art, Cambridge, "British Landscapes"
2011 The Nehru Centre, Indian High Commission, London W1
2009 Trinity Hall College, Cambridge
2007 Buckenham Galleries, Southwold
2007 Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge
2007 Jerwood Library, Trinity Hall, Cambridge
2006 Royal Commonwealth Society, London WC1
2006 The Nehru Centre, Indian High Commission, London W1
2004 Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge
2004 Glasgow Botanic Garden
2003 Cambridge University Botanic Garden
2002 Broughton House Gallery, Cambridge
2002 Coach House Gallery, Guernsey
2001 ARM Holdings, Cambridge
2000 Wolfson College, Oxford