Artist Keith Turley takes us behind the scenes of his painting ‘The Driver’ – selected for our Prize Exhibition which runs until 23 June…
‘The Driver’ is one of a series of works I have carried out recently showing people in interesting working environments.
I was invited onto the footplate of one of the engines at the Severn Valley Railway. I’m not a steam enthusiast as such, but it was certainly a great experience. I had, in John Price, one of the most experienced and trusted drivers on the railway.
I wanted to keep my portrait free and painterly, without being overly illustrative. I used red underpainting to denote the heat, and the bright copper pipes and the firebox throwing out lovely warm tones contrasted with the cooler colours worked in on top.
Heat is a theme I pick up in other works, such as the painting in the RBSA Permanent Collection of chain makers, ‘Forging the Link’ and ‘The Brass Caster’… and I have another painting of glassmakers where it provides the focus.
My forthcoming exhibition in October at the RBSA will feature a collection of such works under the title of A Fair Day’s Work.
The key works are characteristically large, and depict people working in both industrial and private spaces. The exhibition also includes examples of portraiture which have been a main focus for many years.
Visit the Prize Exhibition Soon
Keith Turley’s ‘The Driver’ is on show as part of the Prize Exhibition which runs until 23 June.
The RBSA stages the show every year, providing an opportunity for a wide variety of artists to show their artwork. With a top prize of £1,000 competition is fierce and artworks range across jewellery, ceramics, textiles, drawing, painting, and printmaking.
Many works are for sale.