Robert Pittam

Robert Pittam

Robert Pittam’s work is greatly influenced by the work of Vermeer and Edward Hopper. Pittam too aims for a certain quality of stillness in his pictures. The still-lifes often include fishes, Pittam believes they are amongst the most interesting subjects in nature to study and paint. Possessing colour, pattern, reflectivity, perfectly evolved streamlined shapes and a three dimensional form to ‘sculpt’ in light and shade – they might also be read as metaphors for the sea itself.

Pittam works in a classical technique using the translucency of acrylic paint, over a pencil drawing and monochrome underpainting on gessoed board, to build up tonal depth through multiple glazes of colour. Pictures are also varnished and framed to ‘float’ clear of a white gessoed mount board within a dark grey stained deep wood moulding.”

“I was addicted to Cornwall from my first childhood holidays there.  As well as the landscape, the ocean, and surfing – those brilliant sunlit summer days on the beach seem to have triggered a lifelong fascination with the subtle emotional power of light and shadow.”

Robert Pittam’s work is greatly influenced by the work of Vermeer and Edward Hopper. Pittam too aims for a certain quality of stillness in his pictures. The still-lifes often include fishes, Pittam believes they are amongst the most interesting subjects in nature to study and paint. Possessing colour, pattern, reflectivity, perfectly evolved streamlined shapes and a three dimensional form to ‘sculpt’ in light and shade – they might also be read as metaphors for the sea itself.

Pittam works in a classical technique using the translucency of acrylic paint, over a pencil drawing and monochrome underpainting on gessoed board, to build up tonal depth through multiple glazes of colour. Pictures are also varnished and framed to ‘float’ clear of a white gessoed mount board within a dark grey stained deep wood moulding.”

“I was addicted to Cornwall from my first childhood holidays there.  As well as the landscape, the ocean, and surfing – those brilliant sunlit summer days on the beach seem to have triggered a lifelong fascination with the subtle emotional power of light and shadow.”