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Robert Field

Artist in Mosaic
Mosaic as a medium for artistic expression has been to the forefront of my creative life for the last two decades. Prior to this I had painted in oils and acrylic since the early 1970's.

I turned my attention from painting to mosaic, initially, in order to make replicas and reconstructions of Roman designs, but soon realised that mosaic as a medium for creative expression went far beyond the boundaries of craft work.

The inspiration for most of my original creative work comes from my love of pattern, both natural and man-made. I use a camera as a sketch book and from the resulting photographs take the design elements that I want to use. These then become the basis of my abstracts. Frequently recurring themes are reflections, water, trees, birds, flowers and seed heads. I also like to work in a naturalistic manner as in the portraits of cats and the nude male figure. I have explored the possibilities of restricting myself to just the use of white and the colour of the grout. I have used unglazed ceramic as the main medium of my mosaics because I enjoy the colours and the absence of surface texture - the same reasons for my turning from oil paints to acrylic. Some work, however, needs the more vibrant colouring that can be obtained from glazed ceramic.

As a founder member of the British Association for Modern Mosaic (BAMM) I have exhibited regularly at their exhibitions, besides holding two solo exhibitions and having work shown in galleries in France and Italy. I also organised and curated two exhibitions of the work of around twenty mosaicists based on the themes of The Seasons and The Four Elements.

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