In Oil on Canvas, Keith Patrick takes a fascinating look at how paintings are made.
Focusing on the work of six contemporary artists, he uses examples of both past and present artistic practice to explore some of the key components in painting. All the artists featured have distinct styles and varied techniques.
The work of Ben Johnson demonstrates a particular interest in perspective; John Virtue's paintings reveal the powerful and expressive potential of brushstrokes; while the work of the other artists - June Redfern, John Greenwood, Ray Richardson and Thai-Shan Schierenberg - illustrate approaches to colour, light, composition and the problem of capturing the essence of the subject in paint.
Historical introductions set the scene to each chapter The contemporary artists then bring us up-to-date, sharing with us their tricks of the trade, explaining the materials they work with and the tools they use to achieve a particular effect.
By placing each artistic technique in its vivid historical context, Oil on Canvas will inform and enlighten artists, art lovers, students, and gallery visitors, adding new depth to our knowledge and enjoyment of painting.