All images © Robert Turrall-Clarke
The drawings and paintings of Robert-Overhall (Robert Turrall-Clarke) represent two distinct phases of his life. Although one or two of the pen line and charcoal pictures were drawn when a young officer in the Army, at Oxford University or as a student barrister. The majority however were created more recently over the last couple of years. Almost all the acrylic works were painted at Chiddingfold in Surrey or at Monpazier in France.
The charcoal portraits speak for themselves. The landscapes are painted in a highly colourist style; some such as Wildwood, The River and Border Country are very impressionist.
Almost all of Robert Overhall’s art is non-natural; there is no attempt to mirror photographic images. If they have a re-occurring character it is that they are often original and never sentimental; when on occasion John Constable or Sir Alfred Munnings are responsible for the basic subject matter, Robert Overhall’s interpretation is very much his own as in Willy Lott’s Cottage, The Full River or The Cottage in the Cornfield, and the same applies to two paintings which are Hockneyesque in style.
There are four paintings in contemporary mode, one of which attracted an award for design in his youth from a Royal Academy judge.
One of Robert's drawings, 'Priest' has been accepted for inclusion into The Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2013, while another of his works can be seen at Llewellyn Alexander Fine Paintings, London, SE1 8LN.
The artist comments:
Returning to painting after several decades I call myself ‘the Masters’ Apprentice’ because I attempt a range of styles, subjects and techniques, impressionist as in Farm Near the Sea, early twentieth century for the majority and even contemporary on occasion.
Robert-Overhall's artwork is not for sale, and is not available for reproduction.