ian sainsbury – lecturer

ian sainsbury – lecturer

Four Oranges 2008

Four Oranges 2008

 

Frank 2009 ; Oil on canvas ; 501mm x 760mm

Frank 2009 ; Oil on canvas ; 501mm x 760mm

 

Grey Chandelier #1 2009 ; 610 mm x 505 mm

Grey Chandelier #1 2009 ; 610 mm x 505 mm

Teaching

Ian Sainsbury has been working in the South West of England for more than 20 years as a Secondary, FE and HE teacher. Since 2007 he has been teaching Art in Totnes.

Ian is a painter with a background in Theatre set design. He specialises in Lifedrawing and Art History and has a particular interest in contemporary art practice.

Work

Ian has been painting and exhibiting since he left Art College in the late 1980s when his work was firmly rooted in a love of Duchamp and Pop. He spent the following decade exploring abstraction by combining lifedrawing with the local Devon landscape but after 2000 began working under the name of his Grandfather Ed Tapper.

This major change saw a vigorous return to figuration and the extensive use of photography producing paintings which now reference film and TV.
Ian works in oil on canvas building up thin layers of imagery using projected photographs which are sometimes partially obscured behind veils of translucent colour. There is a kinship in his intentions that he shares with Luc Tuymans, Gerhard Richter and Wolfgang Tillmans and the desire to achieve the quiet stillness of Morandi.

His work can be viewed at: edtapper.co.uk

Education

1985

BA (Hons) Fine Art Staffordshire University

1989

Postgraduate Certificate in Education College of St Mark and St John