Fri 14th Jun 2019 until
Sat 6th Jul 2019
About the Exhibition
Accomplished artist Pete Cernis brings a selection of beautifully executed drawings and paintings to the Yvonne Rust Gallery.
“For drawing and painting the natural world, it’s not the shape of the object that’s drawn but how light describes the
object. The basic artists craft is in recognising the different light shapes, their proportions and managing the edges
where these shapes meet. Anyone who so wishes can learn the basics of this craft by following a robust
methodology accompanied with patience and perseverance. However, when the aim is to create art ‘which moves
others’, the artist must not simply manage light but learn how to compose using the light shapes according to their
own artistic resonances.
When Millet wrote: ‘ Artists must be moved themselves if they are to move others’, he was identifying and
acknowledging that the artists’ challenge was in attempting to transfer their feelings onto an external surface so as
to impart those feeling to the observer. Acquiring this craft is more complex, as no teacher can direct the heart and
hand whose intent it is to carry feeling. For this the artist is self taught, the learning crystallises from within.
Yet to compose with light it’s best an artist first learns the foundation craft of how to manage light. Auguste Rodin
put it like this: ‘Craft is only a means but an artist who neglects it will never attain their end, which is the
interpretation of feelings. In short, no sudden inspiration can replace the long toil which is indispensable to give
the eye a true knowledge of proportions and to render the hand obedient to the commands of feelings.’
Van Gogh on the same point: ’ What is drawing? It is working through an invisible iron wall that stands between
what one feels and what one can do’. Later, after applying himself to the basics of the craft he wrote: ‘ I’ve learnt
to measure and to see and attempt to draw the broad outlines so what seemed to me to be desperately
impossible is now becoming possible, thank God.’
All artist strive to learn and this exhibition is in recognition of the ‘long toil’ we all undertake towards self expression.
As a snapshot of my learning I have included charcoal studies after Rembrandt, Vermeer and Goldie whose works
guide in identifying, acquiring and refining techniques while improving dexterity and material knowledge. There are
life drawing studies – one of the finest disciplines for training the artists eye and sensitivity of line. Other pieces
move towards composing with light while pointing to the learning yet to do.
Pete Cernis Russell, March 2019
About the Artist
“My thanks go to The Florence Academy, London Academy of Representational Art (LARA) and Camberwell for my formal training and to those artist/teachers (most notably Karn Holly and Martin Yeoman) for showing me how they ‘see’.
However…..they are just a few of the ingredients.
Fellow Royal Society of Arts ( FRSA ). Master degrees in business, science and art (MBA, MSc, MA). Teacher in the fundamentals of drawing.
Home is Russell, Bay of Islands, New Zealand.”