About Ted Sherwen
I have always drawn, encouraged by my father who maintained a constant supply of cartridge paper – no mean feat in Post War Glasgow.
Fortunate in gaining an apprenticeship as Lithographic Artist with a large Glasgow Publisher. Those early years laid a solid foundation in the graphic arts honing a critical awareness of colour and rounding off a first class grounding in design.
I studied with Californian Rex Brandt, N.A., A.W.S for a number of years in Corona del Mar California where Rex had his home and studio. I travelled to workshops with Rex to San Diego and Canada these were of immense benefit to me as he was generous with his time. Having travelled from New Zealand this was not lost on Rex. We had a long personal association over many years.
Having travelled extensively through Italy, France and many parts of America these visits have enriched my paintings through the years.
I choose to paint in any one of three overlapping styles keeping my options and my mind open this maintains an element of surprise for the viewer. Palette selection varies for the same reasons. A sense of humour can, and does complement works and their titles. I am constantly aware of form and the inherent beauty of watercolour pigment settling on 100% rag paper, whether painted directly, glazed or mixed on the paper and left alone it glows with an inner luminosity.
Many of my paintings, regardless of size, start with a soft edged abstract underpainting (not always). The main image configuration of shapes, darks and colour are then painted on directly on a “give and take” basis, with the underpainting. Form to Content/Content to Form.