By Katy Cowan
It was in 2008 when Northumberland artist Matt Forster slipped into a style of painting he likes to call Überpainting, with Über – in a literal sense – meaning over, over done, over layered and over the top. Using four different washes of the same watercolours, he creates deliciously muted landscape artworks that consist of successive layers of paint, each uniform in tone and colour.
Taking inspiration from the British countryside, Matt loves to paint mountains, coasts and trees, celebrating the diverse landscape that this fair isle enjoys. Speaking of his unique approach, he explained: “An Überpainting is created within a restrictive framework: I have a rule set that I work to. Some rules are imposed by the inherent restrictions of the medium itself, while others come from me.
“This is what created the consistent appearance of the paintings despite the variation in subject. For example, If I were to draw a comparison between painting and literature, oil painting is the novel, watercolour is poetry, and Überpainting is like a sweet sonnet. So it’s out of this restriction – coupled with a consistent appearance – that a greater creativity emerges.”
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