Al Saralis

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Al Saralis in the studio

Al was born and brought up in a Welsh mining town in the Rhymney Valley, and his name derives from Greek ancestry. Al graduated from Cardiff with a BA Honours Degree in Fine Art and has lived and worked in Hampshire since the 1980s.

Since his early life drawing sessions at Art College, the human figure has been Al’s main source of inspiration. His paintings are composed usually of a single figure and, although often stripped of obvious narrative, lead to our own enquiring thoughts and interpretations. Al’s paintings have an enduring and haunting quality that evoke a personal connection and allow much to interpretation.

I have always been interested in the classical beauty of Renaissance painting, and this alongside my fascination with the human form has led my work to develop to where it is now.

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 in recent years 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.

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.

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.’

Al’s recent works have involved a series of paintings featuring the Union Jack flag.

‘I like Art that relates in some way to contemporary life but is not overtly about it. I feel that currently there is a tangible insecurity in our society. The recent series of Flag paintings are reflective of this and relate to the question of identity and to the divisions in our society, that appear to be greater than ever in recent times.’

Quantum Art have exhibited Al’s paintings since October 2018.

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  • Oil on canvas
  • 34 x 42 ins (86 x 106 cm)
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  • Oil on canvas
  • 34 x 42 ins (86 x 106 cm)
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  • Oil on canvas
  • 26 x 30 ins (66 x 76 cm)
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  • Oil on canvas
  • 42 x 50 ins (106 x 126 cm)
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  • Oil on canvas
  • 18 x 18 ins (46 x 46 cm)
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  • Oil on canvas
  • 18 x 18 ins (46 x 46 cm)
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  • Oil on canvas
  • 18 x 18 ins (46 x 46 cm)
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  • Oil on canvas
  • 42 x 50 ins (106 x 126 cm)
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