Teacher Mr Procter has spent the summer creating new artwork for an exhibition at Wellingborough later this year. He has been inspired by diverse subjects including lenses, wind turbines, street furniture and mirrors, and will show eight or nine canvases at the open exhibition.
His acrylics, inhabited by standing stones and Cyclops-like structures, comprise layers of mainly sombre colours that are overlaid to produce a textured finish. The subject matter has evolved from sketches and doodles that Mr Procter has developed over years in dozens of sketchbooks.
He said: ‘These paintings are inspired by 1950s New York abstract painters like Mark Rothko in the glow and Clyfford Still or Barnett Newman with the dragging lines. They are all inspired by man-made objects. There is a point when you stop, look at it and actually like the textures that are in there; when things look weird and weathered and ragged.
‘Painting and drawing are my main interests in life. I doodle or sketch every day, cut them out and scan them and they become stuff that I keep. One picture here evolved from a tie rack I had 20 years ago and I loved the shape of it. It was like a miniature version of a monument of some kind and I have been inspired by it ever since. I am always fascinated by paintings that seem sombre and seem to have a presence that resonates outwards. These kind of paintings aren’t necessarily meant for homes and interiors.’
Mr Procter’s canvases will be available to view and purchase at the month-long exhibition that runs from Saturday 29 September at the Castle, Wellingborough.