Brian Gartside has spent many years using art materials. In the 1970’s he started to specialise in clay. He really likes the combining of surface design and function when he creates decorative pots. The same enthusiasm for colourful surface images is even more present in the more expressive art pieces.
The abstract nature of marks are derived from land forms and geographical references are always present - rivers, clouds, rain, wind, rocks, and volcanic activity.
He enjoys the feeling of being unrestricted by traditional concepts. By keeping the form simple and basic I can really 'let go' on the surfaces, drawing and painting with ceramic and other materials. I enjoy the ever expanding discovery that is possible when basic glazing "rules' are set aside and imagery is allowed to flourish."