Iain Connelll, study, Rome, charcoal on paper

John Kinross Scholar in 2002


How did the experience affect you as an individual?
I was awestruck by the architecture of Florence, the immense duomo and the pointe Vecchio most of all. I gained a sense of history behind my painting practice, which I doubt I would have had otherwise.


What was the impact on your practice?
I began researching methods of making my own oil paint, and using increasingly complex under painting and glazes.


Iain Connell, Abstract Study 2, charcoal and watercolour, c2002, RSA Collection

What would you say the long term impact has been on yourself and you work?
Since I went to Florence in 2002 I have returned to Italy twice. The first time, to Rome, after one of my student left me a bequest in his will, and to Garda for my honeymoon. I have a keen interest in Italian food and culture… but I still haven’t mastered Italian. In my painting, I have developed a profound sense that craftsmanship underpins painting. Being able to reply upon this allows me to experiment. Without this tactile and technical aspect underpinning my work experimentation is not possible.