Playing with maquettes to make paintings
“A table stacked with jerry-built shelving is placed in one corner, on which objects and tableaux are placed that inspire my paintings. Individual lamps light the objects when they are being contemplated or painted– usually with the main studio lights switched off to exaggerate shadows and colour.” We meet Neill Fuller, an artist who combines the role of play and a strong work ethic to sustain a viable studio practice. In 2013, these themes were combined within the artist’s “50×50” paintings project – treating painting as if it were an everyday job by completing a painting a day for 50 days, and selling them each for £50 – an approximation of the national minimum wage. We met with the artist at his “cell-like” studio in Bath, where we explored the space and how he plays with maquettes to make paintings.