27 March 2020

Quentin joins many other artists supporting, creating and teaching on Instagram's 'Isolation Art School'.  Set up to encourage creative work among artists forced to stay at home during the COVID-19 lockdown, the page features a wealth of content from artists of all ages and abilities.

Quentin's contribution is this short video (above) showing him using a custom-made oil pastel, created specially for him using three separate oil pastel sticks.  The resulting, giant, stick means he can draw in three colours simultaneously, blending them as he goes.  His subjects, portraits of male heads, are familiar to anyone who has followed his recent work in more trandtional single colours from the iconic French brand, Sennelier, which  formed a significant body of work in 2019.

He has donated five of these multi-coloured 'Sennelier portraits', all produced in the past week during Coronavirus isolation, to the Artist Support Pledge.  In conjunction with the @isolationartschool and @art_on_sea, it hopes to boost the work of artists who have been badly hit by the lockdown: many artists have found themselves without work teaching, providing technical support, gallery work, or through the closure of exhibitions and sales.  The #artistsupportpledge attempts to help alleviate some of this stress.

Artist Matthew Burrows (www.matthewburrows.org), founder of the Pledge, explains:  "The concept is a simple one. Artists post images of their work, on Instigram which they are willing to sell for no more than £200 each (not including shipping). Anyone can buy the work. Every time an artist reaches £1000 of sales, they pledge to spend £200 on another artist's work."

Proceeds from the sale of Quentin's work will be donated to Accentuate, a charity working to open the cultural sector to disabled artists: http://www.accentuateuk.org/homepage

Find out more at: https://www.instagram.com/explore/tags/isolationartschool/  #isolationartschool; #artistsupportpledge