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Ted Byard

MA Fine Art work by Ted Byard
MA Fine Art work by Ted Byard
MA Fine Art work by Ted Byard

I am learning to paint. My work up to this point, is a record of that attempt. Personally, painting is a challenge; it represents a challenge to the fear of my own external expression, a fight. A personal journey, painting made from the scars of that battle.

Post-war British art of the last century, the art of landscape and figure, of the figurative and non-figurative, influence my own goals and I hope to use that visual sense and feeling, in a reaction to the contemporary setting where fashionable abstraction thrives.

It is the process of constructing an idea that is important at this stage, with purely personal conclusions. I want to speak through the work. Creating form and my own aesthetic principles drive the work; theme or subject matter is a starting point, nothing more. I strive to make something worthwhile, not pretty, not decorative, but a kind of beautiful in its response to the idea. To move oneself, that is the goal. What you are looking at is more important than what you are told.

Lizzie Starling

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