Roy Fairchild-Woodard is active/lives in United Kingdom, England. Roy FairchildWoodard is known for female nudes, floral design painting, serigraphy, etching.
Biography from Doubletake Gallery
Roy Fairchild - Woodard was born in 1953 in Surrey, England. He
lives and works most of the year in his country home. This
peaceful environment is fundamental to his well being and stability as
an artist, although he travels throughout Europe to obtain new sources
of inspiration. He is particularly influenced by the painters of the
Renaissance, and he visits Italy in particular to study frescoes,
tapestries and paintings and to see for himself the techniques with
which they were executed.
Biography from GallArt.com
Fairchild left school at sixteen to train as a technical
illustrator. Graphic design was his main degree
qualification. He found technical drawing interesting because it
is so exact-you can't argue with it. In this way, his first
exposure was to an art that was highly disciplined, and this has proved
invaluable throughout his career. His first employment was in
advertising, producing photo realistic airbrush illustrations. He
then went on to work for the Sackville Press, publishers and producers
of educational books and diagrams. Fairchild was involved in
producing technical illustrations, again highly disciplined and working
In 1980, he made the break from graphics and became a freelance
painter. Fairchild was in a sense released and could paint in the
way he wanted. His prints too, reveal this same sense of freedom and
optimism. There is a sensuousness about them that evokes a
feeling of timelessness and tranquility. Every available surface
is filled with color and pattern-they are as colorful as Persian
Illuminations, always brilliant, never harsh. Fairchild's aim is
to draw with Japanese freedom, to produce images that are shrouded in
duplicity and mystery. He loves to break the color up, reveling
in the secrecy of it.
In recent years, Fairchild has devoted more of his time to
printmaking. The process of printmaking is complicated and
protracted. Fairchild starts by making working drawings and then
produces a highly finished color study on unsized Spanish cotton rag
papers. Washes are first applied, which are absorbed deeply
within the fabric of the paper. The image is then progressively
built up using stronger and stronger colors until finally the sumptuous
reds and glistening golds are applied to the surface. By now,
most of the compositional problems will have been resolved and it is
time to make the print..
The same process is repeated, but this time individual silk-screens are
made for each of the washes and each of the colors that go to make up
the image. These screens are handmade and the image they bear,
and the colors they take, can all be modified throughout the proofing
process until perfect compositional and color balances are
achieved. Photographic processes are not involved. The aim
is not to reproduce the study exactly, but to establish a print, which
has a life and integrity of its own.
During printing, which may involve the application of 40 or 50 screens,
the image begins to emerge, color by color, first the background base
colors and washes, and finally the stronger decorative surface details.
At all stages, the artist is free to rework the screens, change each
color, until he has a single perfect print. The process is then
reproduced up to 350 times until the limited edition is complete. The
screens are then destroyed.
Roy Fairchild-Woodard, British (1953 - )
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Roy Fairchild - Woodard was born in 1953 in Surrey, England. He lives and works most of the year in his country home. This peaceful environment is fundamental to his well being and stability as an artist, although he travels throughout Europe to obtain new sources of inspiration. He is particularly influenced by the painters of the Renaissance and he visits Italy in particular to study frescoes, tapestries and paintings and to see for himself the techniques with which they were executed.
His vision is coloured by his immersion in this past. His surfaces are rich and sumptuous and he uses varied interwoven elements such as fabrics and flowers in his work. The crumbling plasterwork of ancient frescos are also alluded to in his use of plaster as base for acrylic and oil over-painting.
His admiration for Egon Schiele and Gustav Klimpt can be seen in occasional references of line and decoration but he has extended their techniques to produce something altogether bolder and contemporary.
After leaving school at sixteen to train as a technical illustrator, he then took a degree in graphic design. Having completed his education he set up his own studio. He soon found it was difficult to make a living from his own work and supported himself and his family for several years by producing, under the name of Woodard, illustrations for record sleeves, advertisements and books, as well as decorative serigraphs and lithographs.
He achieved considerable popularity with his suites of pastel coloured figurative prints.
Experimenting with different techniques, he developed entirely new methods of achieving effects in serigraphy to obtain qualities of light and colour that are now in general use.
He eventually gained sufficient financial security to be able to give up his commercial illustrations and return full time to his own painting and printmaking, which he does under his family name, Fairchild.
As a printmaker, he has found most favour with serigraphy, where the rich, opaque colours of his work, are furthered by the medium, although the figure drawings he still prefers to translate into etchings.
For the past few years he has been giving classes to teach his skills and techniques to young artists.
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