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Artist: William E. Rochfort

Ice Cold Under the Skin - Painting by Surrey William E. Rochfort (Kingston, Lymington, Bournemouth) - Fine Art Prints of Paintings - Painting Commissions Invited

Title: Ice Cold Under the Skin

'I love Film Noir movies. This painting is completely character driven and the narrative is so strong that it couldn’t survive without it but I don’t mind that because the characters are so strong. All thanks goes to my friends who posed once again and put their all into it. The painting was a lot of fun and developed itself as it went along.

I got three quarters of the way through another version of this painting (all in black and white) before abandoning it and starting again because the composition wasn’t working. The new design worked so much better that I didn’t have to work very hard at all.'  

William E. Rochfort
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Fine Artist William Rochfort - Born Lymington. Foundation course in Art at Arts Institute in Bournemouth. Fine Art Course at Kingston University. Art for sale at Visionary Art West Molesey Surrey

William E. Rochfort

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About The Artist

Born in 1985, William grew up in Lymington on the south coast of England. After completing a foundation course in Art at the Arts Institute in Bournemouth, he studied Illustration and Fine Art at Kingston University Surrey. His work has been exhibited at Christies in London in support of charity, and he has held art shows in London and Hampshire.

William has a passion for oil painting, and finds inspiration for his narrative scenes in daily life. He cites his love of American films as an influence, inspiring him to create scenes in which he builds the settings and inhabits them with characters to tell the story.

'Since early 2004 I have had a great interest in Illustration and its influence is clear in all my work. In 2006 I began oil painting, producing fairly large pieces of work all of which involve a narrative. My target audience is the public rather than the Art establishment and I have no interest in tricking them or producing work that needs a large amount of interpretation. To quote one of my biggest influences, “I paint real pictures for real people”.
More often than not I find that trying to produce clear, self-explanatory work is a much harder discipline than keeping anything from the viewer but I have great enjoyment in painting images that are capable of telling a complete story.
I focus my subject matter around themes that stem from American Illustration and Pop culture; themes of innocence, ambition and relationships portrayed through the situations that people find themselves in. It's not a naivety to the real world, and my work in the past has been misconstrued as Idealism, but this is wrong because the situations that I choose to illustrate do happen, they just seem to be often overlooked artistically in favour of more controversial topics.
Each piece requires my full attention so I normally work on one piece at a time and obsess over it. I get a lot of inspiration from films, especially the mainstream American Cinema for their exaggerated portrayal of things. Steven Spielberg is a brilliant story teller and his films never fail to inspire me. The nostalgia that Hollywood drench a lot of their films in to produce these epic movies is something I find incredibly influential.
There are a lot of 20th century artists that inspire me. Amongst them is Norman Rockwell who, in my opinion, was a genius when it came to his technical skill and story telling ability. The intensity in Walter Sickert's work always makes me want to paint and Edgar Degas who said, 'Art is not what you see, but what you make others see' is my favourite artist for his capability to do just that, capturing moments with such purity inside compositions that were years ahead of his time.
My ambition is to keep painting and keep selling so that I can hopefully make a living out of doing what I love. It seems ridiculous to me that for an artist to sell is a taboo within Art circles and I tend to ignore the negativity that shrouds commercial art.
Ultimately I'm striving to become a member of such Academies as The Royal Institute of Oil Painters, The New English Art Club and Royal Academy of Arts, amongst others. '
• 2004 - 2005 Foundation Course in the Arts at Bournemouth Arts Institute.
• 2005 – 2006 Completed a year studying Illustration at Kingston University before changing to Fine Art.
• July 2006 First Exhibition of my work at the New Forest Show with Lloyds TSB Private Banking.
• October 2006 Displayed at Christies South Kensington in aid of The Fortune Centre of Riding Therapy.
• June 2007 Approached by Catriona Nason - Visionary Art/Arty Prints - re representation
• August 2007 Signed a contract with Visionary Art / Arty Prints.
• January 2008 Exhibition at the Fountain Gallery in Hampton.
• February 2008 Appeared in the Fine Art Trade Guild magazine ‘Art Business Today’
• May 2008 Appeared in Artist and Illustrators magazine.
• June 2008 Final Degree Show at Kingston University.
• July 2008 Producing work for the Henley Rowing Regatta.
• July 2008 3rd Prize in Artist and Illustrators ‘Artist of the Year’ competition
• July 2008 Exhibiting at ‘Art in Action’
• August 2008 Producing work for The Edinburgh Festival

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