Paintography is a unique blend of digital painting and photography
By using various computer software, filters, and custom defined brushes that vary in size and texture, percentage of coverage and pressure, Michael Critchley transforms his photographs into ‘paintographs’.
This is what Michael has to say about his work:
“Paintography for me is the linking of a lifetime interest in photography and painting and my profession as a graphic designer. So how to describe my art? I would say it is the passion for creative freedom and daring to be different. My interest in this art form began in the early 90’s with ‘Painter’ and if I had to classify my style of work with an ‘ism’ – naturalism, idealism and romanticism would all come to mind.
The computer is a great blending tool for colour, form and texture. From one photograph I like to see the technical permutations developing into an exciting compilation that generates a new series of paintographs.The purists of photography will have difficulty in accepting the transformations of my art, as will the artists who believe that only physical, manual brushstrokes can truly be called painting. I hope to bring to your attention that paintography has its rightful place in the art world. I leave that to you, the viewer, to look at and formulate your own individual interpretations.”