ian sainsbury – lecturer
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.
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
BA (Hons) Fine Art Staffordshire University
Postgraduate Certificate in Education College of St Mark and St John