Al Saralis

Al Saralis has been a professional artist since graduating from Newport in 1978 with an Honours degree in Fine Art. Al currently shows at a number of galleries throughout the country and has sold to collectors in the UK, Germany, France, USA and Australia.

Since his early life drawing sessions at art college, the human figure has always been Al's main source of inspiration. His fascination with form, structure and movement of figures is a constant throughout his paintings and continues to be central to Al's work today. His paintings are usually composed of just a single figure which is stripped of any narrative reference. Over the years Al's painting style has moved from semi abstract to a more traditional form of painting .

'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 recently 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 which is stripped of any narrative.'

Study with red II
50 x 20 cm

48 x 48 cm

Nothing gold can stay (Emily)
40 x 40cm

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