Piers Ottey’s paintings are characterised by precise structure, often using geometrical theory and the golden section to define his work. His observations and mark making are his distinctive signature with works are mostly in the square or “golden rectangle” format: Techniques which allow the artist to paint what the eye sees from life or in situ without the use of conventional perspective. Using the “Wimbledon” paintings of Patrick Symons as a starting point in the early 1980’s Piers Ottey has since developed his own unique style.
For Piers the process of creating the painting is as important as the final result. So changes in composition often can be seen in the finished piece; mistakes as well as drawing marks are left to be read and used as anchors for other elements added subsequently. The paintings are thus very personal with a mischievous quality, bordering on the subversive. There is also the issue of the 'code' of colours often seen around the edge of his canvasses. These form a diary; a record of all the colours used to make the image and in the order they were made and used.
James Stewart, gallery director says “We have shown Piers Ottey’s work for several years now and it has been an exciting journey seeing his work develop over that period; collectors appreciating his integrity & craft; and more galleries (in London in particular) showing his paintings to a wider audience.”
Born in London, Piers Ottey trained at Chelsea School of Art in the 1970's and has been painting ever since. He moved to West Sussex in 1980 and set up The Mill Studio in 1994. Painting mostly in oils on linen, his subject matter has often been influenced by his travels to Greece, Spain, France and the Alps but he always returns to painting from the human form, local Sussex and London landscapes.
Piers Ottey’s work has been exhibited in London (Cork Street 2010, 2011 & 2012), the provinces and abroad and can be found in private and corporate as well as public collections around the world. In June 2007 Piers won the University of Bath painting prize, and has had work acquired by both Worthing and Portsmouth Museums.
Piers Ottey is a Trustee of the National Open Art Competition, currently on show at the Minerva Theatre, Chichester. During the exhibition he gives several talks on the exhibition.
James Stewart continued, “In this exhibition we will show new works by Piers Ottey covering both Sussex and London, the two subject about which he feels most passionate (his current home and where he grew up). As an artist Piers Ottey is just getting into his stride, it is no wonder that demand for his paintings is always strong.
Piers Ottey Oil on canvas