Hilary James McLaren Tipping ‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’

Opening to the public on 16th September at The Strand Gallery, Hilary Tipping ‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’.

Hilary James McLaren Tipping was born in Dumfries, Scotland on the 8th January 1954, the grandson of the Scottish sculptor Robert Henderson. He has been painting since the age of four when he threw a tantrum and demanded paper, paints and brushes. His first work was a self-portrait. At 18 he went to Art School in Glasgow to study Fine Art. At Scotus Academy, Edinburgh, Richard De Marco tutored him in painting and drawing.

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Hilary’s interest in painting developed towards abstract and he devoured the visual feast of Malevich, Klee, Delaunay, Whistler, Matisse, Man Ray, Monet, Pollock, Rothko, Kline, Newman and Picabia.

Hilary’s obsession in the plasticity of texture led him to conduct experiments in oil, paint layering and its viscosity. He uses the force of gravity to shape the flow of the drying canvass. He is much defined in his use of his texture and the structural surface and reaction of paint flow. Hilary is inspired through the actual act of the ‘doing’ of painting.

Quantum UniverseCircusHilary & Francis - A Brief EncounterA Self Portrait, 2014

Hilary’s obsession in the plasticity of texture led him to conduct experiments in oil, paint layering and its viscosity. He uses the force of gravity to shape the flow of the drying canvass. He is much defined in his use of his texture and the structural surface and reaction of paint flow. Hilary is inspired through the actual act of the ‘doing’ of painting.

‘My paintings are instinctive and do not follow line or form but colour. Television and music videos have been central to my life and I employ the same tactics to assimilate and edit my demons. We see inside the head, in the mind, not with our eyes. Our sight is based on light and the images we see are encased and wrapped in our preconceptions. My life has been chaotic and fun; my shorthand instilled in my art represents feelings not figurative representations. This therapy cleanses the mind and clears out the daily intrusions that fill our brains. I unwrap the human psyche.”

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“Memories are inspiring and the subconscious mind has the controlling hand. The energy of my works is straight from the baggage of life and its turmoil. Abstract expressionism is often misunderstood; my paintings are created and formed by the hidden past revealed drop by drop. You will find meaning in my art by looking at it and not by wondering what it might be about or what it is. It is there inside you, just look.”

 

Ballet Man            Torso

Hilary’s other influences are film, television and the music video. His interest in these subjects led him to establish a career in the visual arts. He has worked as a producer on music videos with: Grace Jones, Adam Ant, Elton John, Sex Pistols, The Cure, Police, Rod Stewart, Japan, Ozzy Osbourne, Bonnie Tyler, New Order, Average White Band, Olivia Newton John, Charles Aznavour, John Waite, Leo Sayer, Marc Bolan, Hot Chocolate, The Supremes, Air Supply, Billy Ocean, Queen and many others.

On the night of September 13th 1980 on board the party boat the SS Peking, New York, Hilary saw Andy Warhol. Hilary introduced himself and blurted out he had always wanted to meet him. Andy replied “…and I’ve always wanted to meet you…Hilary.”

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‘The Great Experiment of Modern Art’ will be showing at The Strand Gallery from 16th-20th September 2015, 11am – 6pm. More work can be seen at www.gallerymclaren.com

All Images © Hilary James McLaren Tipping.

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