Interview: The Artist

Interview: The Artist

Kipper & Chalk is so excited for its inaugural Summer Exhibition. This year we are thrilled to host 'Agony in The Garden' by Robert Moutrey. Here he tells us a little about himself and his work:

I've always loved to draw.

I remember receiving a lot of praise for a drawing I did of Stephenson's Rocket locomotive from Mrs Johnson's in Class 2 at primary school. I must have been 6 or 7. Painting is just drawing with colour. My education through 'Art' has always been a conceptual one and I didn't get the opportunity to properly study the more academic side of drawing/painting until lock down hit in 2020, which the paintings in the 'Agony In The Garden' Series are the fruits of.

I'm a fledgling painter. I'm at the beginning of a journey to find my style. I haven't found it yet, I'm not sure I ever will. But I'm on a mission to find it and I'm going to make it my life's work. All I know is that it involves oil paint, people and a lot of questions!

The 'Agony In The Garden' Series on display at Kipper & Chalk is primarily Oil Paint and Beeswax impasto on handmade canvas. The beeswax was a lot of fun to experiment with from a textural point of view. As I evolve I'm looking forward to experimenting more with texture, embossing, carving and gilding.

Currently I'm exploring myth, archetypes and psychology, specifically around themes of vulnerability, class and the tension between the masculine and feminine. 

I want to exist in a world somewhere between Rembrandt's brutality, Maxfield Parish's elegance and the exquisite beauty of Klimt. I've got a long way to go to find it. 

I'm a fully trained musician. And I will always be a musician. And I don't think it's a new concept to believe music and painting are cousins. Where one uses sound the other uses light. Harmony, melody, structure, colour, tonality, and composition are the fields in which music and painting dance together. 


Agony in The Garden will be on display at 41 Moreton Street 


Robert Moutrey -Portrait of an Artist

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