Saul Cathcart - artist - plein air

Saul Cathcart


Saul Cathcart was born in 1978 in Sussex.In the early 1990s he and his family moved to the picturesque hamlet of St Clether not far from the rugged coast of North Cornwall.After completing an art foundation course at Falmouth, Saul went on to study at Winchester School of Art. He graduated in 2001 with a BA (hons) fine art degree in sculpture and returned to Cornwall. At the same time he felt inspired to move away from sculpture and return to his real passion: painting.He paints exclusively in situ, so he can respond to his surroundings directly.

Artist Statement:

"The humble sketch has more to offer me than the ‘finished’ painting.I want to celebrate spontaneity and for me, when a painting gets overworked it loses something.I find by leaving parts of the canvas bare, it actually creates something invisibly ‘extra’ and this fascinates me.

A sketchbook is so personal, it’s a visual diary and a place of discovery. This is often where all the raw, beautiful creativity happens.By getting rid of the sketch book and working directly onto the canvas, from life, I’m giving every mark I make importance.
The line has nothing to hide. There is no rubbing out with an eraser, it’s either good or not. The line has to carry with it conviction and confidence. I find it only works if there is a commitment to the piece. A commitment to making decisive choices or trusting that the painting will reveal itself given time.Knowing the right time to stop and when to sacrifice a well worked section for the good of the painting, is the challenge. I think this is helped by working out in the landscape. I’m forced to rely more on instinct and ability.

The fact that there is always a time limit, that the sun will eventually set, gives me a focus to react with integrity and emotion, with a devotion to the here and now.Painting to me is a combination of having a vision of what I want to express, convey or question and allowing a piece to flow and evolve in its own unique way. Being open minded to experimenting and working by any means possible to try and get to a place where I feel happy, moved, intrigued or excited." Saul Cathcart 2017

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