The digital art portfolio of Terry Long. All images and articles by Terry Long are subject to copyright
The following photographs are of my work at the Camberwell MA Fine Art Digital Show in July 2014, which consisted of nine prints and three books. I took the photographs with my Canon S95 and Fuji X Pro 1 digital camera.
3 prints / Terry Long
3 self published books / Terry Long
Prismatic Painting (book) / Terry Long
Prints / Terry Long
2 Publications / Terry Long
Books and Prints / Terry Long
Unlike traditional oil, acrylic, or watercolour painting, using crystal prisms to paint with is a bit hit and miss, and I am constantly experimenting to find different approaches and techniques, such as multiple prisms to fragment the light, blocking the light to introduce shadows and dark values, and also changing the angle of the canvas, or picture plane. At some point in the near future I will have to write a book! Prismatic Pastoral consists of eight painted panels. I used the alchemy of several digital filters to create the finished effect, including watercolour (my favourite), fresco, and solarize. The painting action was recorded on a Nikon D700 SLR digital camera using a Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens on a timed exposure.
Classical music continues to be the inspiration for my drawings and paintings made with light. When I listen to composers like Ralph Vaughan Williams, I am very aware of his melodic layering and natural rhythms that he uses to conjure up the atmospheric and distinctive mood for each piece. Drawing and painting to music is also a powerful therapeutic tool which I have used with patients in a mental hospital. Cantata 7 was created with a moving eight LED light baton, and recorded with a Nikon D700 SLR digital camera, mounted on my trusty rusty musty tripod. The lens was a Nikon 85mm 1.4 , and there was also a touch of digital photoshop alchemy added.
I regard this piece as a maquette for a much, much larger work inspired by Stonehenge in England. Sadly, I do not have the fame and resources of Jeff Koons to build it full size, so it will have to remain small for now. My henge is made up of crystal prisms that I have been using for my painting with sunlight MA work at the University of Art London, which is displayed on this website. The prisms are each about 10 centimeters high (4ins), compared to the 4.1 (13ft) high sarsen stones at Stonehenge.
My idea for Prismhenge is to have two versions. One would be close to the scale of the real Stonehenge, and would be set in a fixed location, set on a ultra smooth white concrete slab floor. The floor would allow for prismatic light display at the two equinoctial points of the year. Two earth mounds would be built, one North, and one South of the henge for viewing the light and shadow display.
Prismhenge (section) /digital illustration / 2014 / Terry Long
My second Prismhenge would be a smaller transportable version for indoor displays and performances using moving LED lighting. In this version, each member of the public would be given a white reflective cloak to wear while moving through and around the centre of the henge while experiencing the prismatic light and shadow display.
The gestural part of a drawing is usually at the beginning stages, and captures the emotion and movement of the subject. It is normally done very quickly, so as to create a sense of fluidity, avoiding the detail. If done correctly, it can become the very essence and life of the piece. Spirogyro was created with a LED light in the air and captured on a Nikon D700 SLR digital camera mounted on a stationary tripod. The lens was a Nikon 85mm 1.4. My subject and inspiration was the rhythm and beat of a piece of music I was listening to Les Jours Tristes composed by Yann Tiersen, and from the film Amelie… https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6YddPRlGF3U
The abstract geometric designs of the Bauhaus and Constructivism art movements have a strong appeal to me, and they still influence many of todays current artists and designers around the world. My artwork Arrondir above was inspired by the works of the Russian artist El Lissitzky (1890-1941) who was both artist, architect, exhibition designer, typographer, photographer and also professor at the Moscow Art Academy. View this link for more information and images about him… http://www.tate.org.uk/art/artists/el-lissitzky-1519
To create my artwork I used three crystal prisms and sunlight to paint several sections that I turned into digital transparency layers with photoshop. These were then montaged together to form the finished design. The painting process was recorded on my tripod mounted Nikon D700 digital SLR with a Nikon 85mm 1.4 lens. The exposures varied between 6 seconds and 15 seconds.