Clyth Hoult

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Served Up I, 2011 Oil On Canvas 100 X 80 Cm
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surrealism, figurative

I began painting in 2001 having had two previous lives, the first as a clinical and teaching audiologist and the second in business.  After studying at The Sydney Gallery School at Meadowbank TAFE College I joined Lennox Street Studios in Newtown in 2006, and have exhibited in a number of locations since then including Seoul, Korea.

I work exclusively in oil.  It can take a few days to dry between applications but this can be good thinking time - planning for the next stage in the painting.  Oil is very forgiving:  if something goes wrong, it is very easy to paint over the evidence.

A simple exploration of the shadows cast by open doors gave rise to the surreal element in my current work.  While working on the first painting, the shadows were overtaken by the endless possibilities lying outside the doors. My imagination took off and the more I do, the more ideas I have, always with humour in mind.

The driving point is the unexpected:  looking through a commonplace object and seeing something entirely unexpected. Doors were the starting point, but I moved on to shoes, earthmovers, and then appeared to take leave of my senses and went to toothpaste tubes and lipsticks.  I'm not sure where I'll go from here but am enjoying the process.  The main idea is for the viewer to see a "normal" image but then on closer inspection notice the unexpected element and hopefully be transported by it.

There is always the temptation to assign meaning to the work of artists, but some, like me, resist this as much as possible.  The real reason I paint lies in the love of putting colour onto canvas, and the smell of the paint.  There is no hidden message, no need to change the world through my art.  My work is lighthearted and designed to amuse.  I leave angst to others.

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