Russell Frampton, painter and musician, was born in 1961 in Hampshire. He was educated at Portsmouth and at Exeter Art Colleges (BA), later taking his MA in fine Art at the University of Plymouth and is now living in Devon.
My landscape-based abstract paintings are concerned with layering and texture to produce almost archaeological substrata appearing quarried from the raw materials of the landscape itself. I use collage and small obsessively detailed areas of drawing to build up surfaces that have both formal compositional elements and take advantage of chance occurrences in the painterly process.
My time as a painter is split between a studio in mid Devon and a workspace in West Brittany, both elemental areas that provide the basis for many of my works, as well as trips to Scotland. My mother is Scottish, hailing from Ayr originally and my maternal line are gaelic speakers from the Highlands. I am deeply interested in the light and colour that reside in the wild places, from the sea cliffs of West Brittany to the Moorlands of Devon and Highlands of Scotland. I attempt to synthesise the many elements of a place into a final work building complex surfaces using layering techniques, retaining both detail and clarity, and creating a charged union of the formal and textural aspects. The division of the painted space using a ‘horizon’ is a strong theme in the work, depicting both an actual line of disappearance and acting as a metaphor for the balance that resides in the natural world.
I have also been working with the depiction of interior spaces searching for the sublime in the mundane through arrangement and colour, infusing the paintings with light to allow areas of colour to spark against the brightness of large areas of white.
I have exhibited widely in the South West and in London, including the major London Art Fairs, Dublin Art Fair and have work in private collections in Europe, Japan and the USA.