Stephen Gibbons-Barrett

Stephen Gibbons-Barrett, 74, abstract painter.

In his back yard over a glass of whiskey, I asked Stephen what was the best painting advice he was ever given.  He relayed what the famed Canadian Painter Jack Shadbolt told him.

“If you look at anything that is real; be it a tea cup, a leaf, a frog, from underneath the tea cup it still is a tea cup, from the right and left and up and down of a frog it’s still a frog, but when you look at the bottom of the frog, if nobody has seen the bottom of a frog, they may think it is abstract. Start from there.”

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