Plus One Gallery presents the solo show of gallery artist Christian Marsh. The exhibition titled ‘The Art of Travel’, runs 14th June until 8th July. Marsh’s work focuses on his travels and features cities from around the world including Tokyo, London and Venice. The exhibition will introduce two new pieces based on his travels to Miami and Nice. Within all his work, Marsh strives to capture the experience of his travels and personal connection with a place. He wants the viewer to experience the atmosphere of a location. Christian Marsh aspires for this show to be …
“Exciting, enlightening and welcoming. I hope that the paintings do not just replicate a scene but capture the essence and life within that scene and give the viewer a sense of feeling what it’s like to be actually there”
His latest painting ‘Ocean Drive, South Beach, Miami’ is one of the largest scales Marsh has ever painted and is defiantly the star of the exhibition. Taking 6 months to paint it is just as impressive for its visual complexity as its evocative quality.
His choice to paint in a hyperreal style is very deliberate; he feels this medium allows him to include every intricate detail and make each small fragment of a painting as important as each other – creating scenes within scenes. The inclusion of figures in his paintings is also very important to Marsh. He uses them to generate subtle narrative and help establish overall atmosphere, as well as building a sense of familiarity and interaction between viewer and painting. It is this approach along with his beautiful rendition of light and compositions, that enable him to produce paintings that really can be named the art of travel.
Christian Marsh was born in 1979, Dudley, UK, where he studied illustration. He continues to work and live in the West Midlands. He has been exhibiting with Plus One Gallery since 2007. The title of the show takes inspiration from the book of the same name by Alain de Botton.
“[I aim to explore] the relationships between me and my experiences abroad. A reaction to that environment, the light, the people and the essence and the feeling of that particular location”
- Christian Marsh