David PASKETT 大衛．帕斯克特 (UK)
Past President of The Royal Watercolour Society
Judge and participant in The Fabriano Museo Della Carta Watercolour Biennale since 2008.
Lived in Hong Kong followed by frequent visits to China during the following 37 years exhibiting and painting
ongoing series of paintings based on Kun Qu, Chinese opera, and Tang Xianzu’s Peony Pavilion.
Solitary British artist exhibiting Ceramic painting alongside Chinese Ceramic artists in Kings College Chapel, Cambridge, during the Xu Zhimo Poetry and Arts Festival.
2008起 法比亞諾紙張博物館雙年展 評審及參展藝術家
Canal Reflections, Amsterdam 阿姆斯特丹，運河倒影
2022 | Watercolor 水彩 ｜46 x 31 cm
The moment when the geometric reality of a canalside building reflection is broken by disturbed water. Then, the Figurative suddenly becomes Abstract. Windows morph into irregular, calligraphic, wobbly shapes. Yet, even though the image becomes fragmented to the point of meaninglessness, it remains a family of shapes recognisable as ‘moving water’. I bow to the camera for the discovery of such a complex pattern, knowing that a rigorous study of details fitting together, not an impression, would give me clusters of shapes possessing a unique identity, I welcomed Amsterdam’s greys and browns framed by black, into my palette.
Choosing Spoons, Sapa 沙巴，選擇湯匙
2023 | Watercolor 水彩｜33 x 51 cm
When travelling, on the lookout for painting subjects, I am frequently attracted to gatherings of people that remind me of the compositions of European Old Master painters such as Giovani Bellini. Here in Sapa market, North Vietnam, a group of Black Hmong women dressed in traditional hand died indigo clothing are inspecting spoons, while some are occupied with weaving home grown hemp thread around their fingers. I liked this triangular composition with the lines of the women’s gaze directed towards a central drape of fabrics, while, what they are actually looking at is hidden from view.
Black Canyon 黑峽谷
2023 | Watercolor 水彩｜45 x 54 cm
During, and following, Covid Lockdown, alongside and complementing my figurative works, multiple recollections of places, rural and urban, visited and imagined, fueled many oil and waterolour paintings. Unplanned, with one mark leading to another they evolve with different identities. Often like maps of journeys. This one, which I called Black Canyon, has references to the dynamic geometry of mountains, valleys, canyons, schisms, rock faces and the point where land meets the sea with vistas in between.
Fishing Mudmen, Beijing 北京，捕魚泥人
2021 | Watercolor 水彩｜15 x 53 cm
A heap of fishing Chinese Mudmen, loosely wrapped in paper, appear to be in a rocky landscape. A few are unwrapped and displayed in a row for inspection. While things are in the process of emerging from their wrapping there is an intrigue which can get lost when objects are displayed centre stage. The edges of markets and makeshift displays are my hunting ground. The glimpse of a view, the becoming, the process, the journey…this is where the story is. Finding patterns in apparent disorder and enjoying ‘repetition’.