After training in illustration and graphic design, Bristol-based artist Dan Parry-Jones turned to painting and printmaking in 2008. He produces expressive mixed media landscapes that reflect his surroundings, from the gritty, urban environment to the beautiful, expansive coastline, in both the UK and abroad.
Known for his nostalgic beach paintings featuring children at play, Dan's latest work sets screen-printed figures among urban objects such as cars and windows, and against backgrounds of vibrantly-coloured, geometrical shapes.
Dan works from his own photographs to make the screen-printed elements. Once he has taken a photo he is particularly happy with, he often experiments with it in a series of paintings, giving each its own unique background, palette and mood.
Each painting is composed of several layers as the artist scratches, sands, strips back, re-works and re-applies the different media, before finally varnishing the piece to seal it.
I love the colour palette that Parry-Jones uses, the colours feel wistful, it adds emotion to the beach scenes they are coloured like childhood memories, not quite rose tinted but with a sepia edge of the past. The amount of work done on the backgrounds constructed with acrylics and oils with added typography, collage and silkscreen elements build complexity and interest.