Steve Bonner’s Figure Paintings
Some years ago, when my figure painting ‘Skylark’ was hanging in The Gallery of Caribbean Art in Barbados, I’m told somebody asked why I had used shades in the skin tones which made her look dead! (Have they ever seen Lucian Freuds work I wonder?) The gallery explained that I was merely bouncing the colours in the sky off the model – it’s one of the things a painter can do! (Along with balancing her and a heavy Edwardian chair on a mud flat I might add)
I was a little indignant – I’ve always thought I was pretty good at figure work. I usually strike a good likeness, and for better or worse, I bite the bullet and refrain from having the model conceal her hands and feet. Anyway – here are a few – you decide 🙂
Top of the page – Skylark – 40″ x 40″ – Oil on painted edge box canvas – Available, contact the artist
Driving home on a promise _ 40″ x 40″ – Oil on painted edge box canvas. Available, contact the artist.
Ribbon Theory* – 35″ x 35″ – Oil on painted edge box canvas. Available, contact the artist.
* Described by the Urban Dictionary as being similar to Quantum String Theory, but more camp.