REDFISH  GALLERY

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CHARLES BUTLER

 3-d Paintings - work method

 

  I start a piece of work by setting up the clay on the work board, slightly over-size so that it can be cut square to the correct size later. I then scetch out the image, working until I´m satisfied, before adding more clay  to build up an image with a depth of up to 6cm. When this phase is complete, I take a plaster mold of the piece which is cleaned and left to dry for a month or so. The clay is then reused for the next picture.

                    

The clay piece with walls prepared to pour the plaster The plaster mold next to the clay piece just after being removed

 

  The next stage is to fill the mold with fibre glass which is left to set for a couple of days before the piece is ready to be broken out of the mold. A wooden frame is fixed to the back of the work which is then trimmed square. It is then cleaned of excess plaster and primed for painting. Because the plaster mold is broken to remove the picture, each piece of work is unique.

 

part of a plaster cast drying in the sun fibreglass stage completed, ready to break and remove the plaster cast

 

  I take my inspiration mainly from my local `bairro´- neighbourhood - in the old part of Salvador in Brazil, attempting to capture  the charm of these tumbledown baroque houses and the people who live in them. Recently I have been concentrating on the architecture, but I am planning a series of carnival street scenes this year, and would like to find time to produce some more nudes and portraits.

 

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Redfish gallery will hopefully be opening it´s doors in a couple of years, purpose built in one of the finer (and at the moment, completely ruined) houses in Santo Antonio, part of the historical centre of Salvador. Construction starts in January 2002.

 

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