Tadeusz Deręgowski: Artist statement

I work in oils, usually on a small scale. The paintings are executed on thick card using a variety of textures,  plein air.

I'm involved with recording my responses to places, buildings, things  and people.  I am fascinated by questions arising form the meeting of Eastern Art philosophies with Western ones: questions about spontaneity, the use of voids and absence in the picture field. I love to experiment with, different mark making techniques as well as well as  to play with different ideas about colour and harmony.

I most like subjects which are in some way hidden or mysterious: one of the central functions of art for me is the revealing of secrets. I love using art as a form of, and motivation for, exploration.  I love to use portraiture as a way of studying people in their environments, attempting to show their inner lives.

I see my work in the line of both travel painter-diarists such as Edward Lear or Turner, and expressionist painters such as Bonnard or Joan Eardley: I have a portable kit with which I can easily transport materials and wet paintings.

I plan further painting trips to Peru,  and to revisit the USA and Morocco.

Tadeusz Deręgowski 

   April, 2017