Iain Faulkner is a Scot born in Glasgow in 1973. From an early age, Iain had an interest in art. Ian attended Glasgow School of Art and in 1966 left with a BA (honours) degree in Fine Art.
Unlike his contemporaries, Iain Faulkner did not pursue the usual route but chose the more demanding and difficult route of figurative painting. It was a good move. By the age of 29, his endeavours and commitment have brought success in his relatively short career. His last four shows in both London and New York selling out. He has also had successful shows in France, Switzerland, Spain and Italy.
A Feeling of Time Gone By
His work has a feeling of time gone by with many of his works containing a solitary figure. The images often contain an individual wearing braces and looking out to sea or land. You could say that Iain Faulkner paints moments of contemplation. They reflect those moments in life when you pause, think about a person or something. Maybe it is the beauty of a sunset or the vista in front of your eyes.
There is sadness in some of his works and a feeling of solitude, melancholy and loneliness which viewers find intriguing. Maybe it’s the mystery or the dramatic. “What is he thinking?” or “what is he reminded of?”
They say a picture paints a thousand words. Ian’s pictures do that because he relies on the strong, powerful images to give impact as there is seldom any narrative.
His colour palette is limited also which lends itself to the dramatic. There is a marked contrast between the light and dark tonal parts of his work. Ian Faulkner tends to only use two or three colours in most of his paintings, but each of his images is striking and powerful.