Colin Black

My work is primarily mixed-media and landscape based. My most recent series focusses on the monasteries and priories of Yorkshire. It’s their juxtaposition of architectural geometry and irregularity of decay that holds my attention. Even though it is their physical locations that inspire me it is back in my studio that a piece will take emotional shape, and the spirit of the place is realised. I love colour and express this through a variety of materials that includes oil, acrylic and water-based paint, oil pastel, collaged imagery, particularly maps, I will add and take away until its required “rightness” is achieved, through the creative process of distillation.

I studied at the Royal College of Art and the Chelsea School of Art in London. I worked as a graphic designer and taught art and design for many years. I spent twenty-five years living in Scotland, and now live in York with my wife Sallie, where we run Seek Art School. I work and teach in Seek Studio.

I have had work exhibited in solo and annual group exhibitions for the Royal Scottish Academy, the Royal Scottish Society of Watercolours and Visual Art Scotland. I have also been accepted for York Open Studios for the last two years.