Monday, February 28, 2011

Colley Whisson

Colley Whisson
Australian painter Colley Whisson has been painting from the age of 20, encouraged by his father, Eric Whisson, also an artist.

Colley Whisson uses a bright palette and an appealingly textural rendering technique, in which forms are defined by bold strokes of heavy paint, laid on with very visible evidence of the brush.

He utilizes both crisply delineated edges and contrastingly blurred passages. You can see this better when his work is reproduced larger than the small images I’ve displayed above. I’ve included a detail crop of the last image at bottom.

Whisson has a fascination for boldly defined forms, both in their geometry and in the value and color contrasts in which he delights. I particularly enjoy his room interiors, in which the geometry of forms and his economy of rendering come to the fore.

Whisson’s art has been featured in magazines like International Artist and Australian Artist. He is the author of the instructional book Impressionist Painting Made Easy.

Whisson conducts workshops in Australia and the U.S. There is a video here of one of his workshops at the Tuscon Art Academy, and painter Ed Turpening gives a description of his experiences with a Whisson workshop, including a video demo and a description of Whisson’s approach and materials.

7 thoughts on “Colley Whisson

  1. David Teter

    Glad to see a post on Whisson.I discovered his work sometime back on the web, can’t remember where, as is the case with the web quite often.
    I was immediately drawn to his superb design, use of color, hard and soft edges and as you said “bold strokes of heavy paint”. He makes it look effortless.

    Nice work as usual Charlie.

  2. kuya_ed

    This impressionist artist is great, i hope many people will be able to express themselves through visual arts like this.

    This kind of articles may well encourage others.

    Keep up the good work

  3. Jithery Ann

    I had never heard of this artist till, purely by chance, I got his book, Creating Impressionist Landscapes in Oil, at my local (Vermont) library. His work is brilliant, and that is no pun. His explications are fine and so much appreciated. Too many times, I’ve taken a class or read a book by an artist, and they are, almost without exception, vague. Colley’s art and book are exceptional. Exquisite use of the paint, itself, and the colors!!!!!!!!!! Oh, my!!!!!!!!! Particularly appreciate his direction to draw, draw, draw, before committing to the paint- as an exercise in formulating thought before painting. Wonderful, careful, thoughtful paintings.

  4. denise cassel

    Colley’s work makes u want to pick up a brush, he is the most unassuming humble person, his teaching methods are easy to understand. I love his work, his work is similiar to Arthur Streetons’ Colley is going to really make a name for himself. Wednesday 8th May, 2013

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