Al Saralis

Al was born in the Rhymney Valley in industrial South Wales and completed his BA Hons Degree in Fine Art in Cardiff. Since the 80’s Al has lived and worked in Hampshire. Al has exhibited extensively in the UK in recent years and has also sold to collectors in USA, Australia and Europe. Last year Al was named by New York based media platform ‘ Complex’ as one of 10 UK artists ‘you should know’. Al’s paintings have an enduring, haunting quality that evoke a personal connection and allow much to interpretation.

Artists Statement

 ‘ I regard myself as a figurative painter but not a realist painter. The realism that I am interested in is the emotional connection made when making or looking at a painting. My work has been described as being able to conjure a feeling of spirituality and although I am not a religious person I do believe there is an element of this in the work.

Artists that I admire are wide and varied and are not necessarily artists whose work has many similarities to mine. The most memorable works I have seen recently were by an artist that I think really stands out as a contemporary painter, Anselm Kiefer. His work deals with human experience on a massive scale. I admire his honesty and integrity.

Recent work has involved a series of paintings featuring a figure with birds. This was partially inspired by a song called ‘Birdgerhl’ sung by The Unthanks.
I am interested in the connection between man and nature.

I use a restricted number of models to try and achieve my aim, which is to create something that is beautiful as well as interesting, contemporary as well as classical; something timeless .  ‘
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