Dave Shortland

Dave Shortland

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  Artist: Dave Shortland
 Live in: Newcastle upon Tyne, United Kingdom
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Dave Shortland Artist Bio:

Born 5/11/1951 A short career as a pop/commercial-artist in the early 1970's.36 years as a Postman(it was only meant to be a temporary). Now retired and painting full-time.After all this time,keeping my art almost as a hobby,I decided it was time to settle on a style of painting and devote my(spare)time working towards a body of work I could one day exhibit.So 5 years ago (2005) I set about producing my 50 canvas project.After retiring last year (2009) I was able to work full-time and finish it. Dateline May 2011.......Working on "No.101"...the project continues. Dateline October 1st. 2011.......stopped ( finished? ) No.115.......do I think obscure titles for paintings pretentious? Dateline August 2012..... No.161. Someone once criticized my work as "all looking the same"....but isn't that the point? When one finds a style or method of painting that one considers original,then one aims to perfect that style by continuing to churn out paintings that at first sight look similar, but evolve. I have taken to treating each canvas as a continuation of the preceeding one (according to size) forming an unending frieze. I do not believe in giving long-winded explanations of what a particular painting is meant to say,or why I have done a certain thing; I am a painter,not a writer after all. Also giving spurious titles to paintings are not my thing either.A simple number is good enough for me. As for signing the painting; that goes on the back of the canvas; signing just my initials DAS,a habit I have followed for decades.Also,being Abstracts,I feel that the owner of the painting can become part of the creative process by choosing which way up it hangs; a signature on the front is a sign that says "this way up". Dateline..June 2016: Just passed the No.250 mark...and still haven't made the jump from studio to gallery.It seems it's "not what you know,but who you know"..........and I don't know anyone. I am even considering opening up my own gallery (a number of artists have done this successfully)) but the logistics have proved quite daunting.