My Journey Along the Nene River.
Much of my work has been inspired by the Nene River, the
poetry of John Clare and the surrounding countryside here in
Northamptonshire. Now I will be fulfilling my dream of following
the river from Northampton to Peterborough by boat with my
Between the 29th May and 2nd June I will be travelling along
the Nene River in Northamptonshire on a Canal boat collecting
photographs, making drawings and videos. This trip will take us
through the heart of the county and some of its most beautiful
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see the River from an artists perspective.
Jamie Poole trained as an artist at Staffordshire
University in Stoke-on-Trent studying Design:Surface Pattern. He
now lives in Northamptonshire with his wife and
Jamie takes a great deal of his inspiration from walking down
the many hidden pathways of the English landscapes and enjoys
depicting the tranquillity and beauty of the English countryside.
Coastal views, riverside walks and changing weather, lead him to
use a variety of materials including pressed foliage, textured
card, papers and fabric that add tactile qualities to his
Jamie is constantly in search of the moment, memories and the
stories that we associate with our ancient land. Using his
fingers, palette knives, brushes and rich colours in acrylic paint
he connects to the landscape in a very physical way which can be
seen in his work.
Jamie also makes collage works using printed paper words as
his medium which he calls "text paintings". Poetry, diary entry's,
and names have been use to make these detailed and realistic
portraits which tell the viewer a story about the subject depicted.
His main inspiration has come from artists including Chuck Close,
Kurt Jackson, Anselm Kiefer, Patrick Heron and Ben Nicholson.
The Nieman Foundation Commission - Harvard University
For the magazine's cover, British artist Jamie
Poole based his portrait of Agnes Wahl Nieman on one
of only two known images of her—a small engraving from a
collage published in The Milwaukee Journal in 1916—and on the
physical description she provided in her 1891 passport application:
light brown hair, bluish-gray eyes, and fair complexion. Using
portraits of Agnes’s mother and father as references, he
worked with cut pages from Nieman Reports and from the
Foundation’s archival material to create this
'Sophie' Collaged poems on board 2011
The things that make people who they are come from their
experiences of the world around them and the people they meet.
For Sophie, the sitter in this portrait, English
literature has been a great passion. The verses of a specially
selected collection of poems have been carefully dissected and
layered on the support of this painting to create her portrait. The
text meanders and flows around the curves of her features and is
embedded deep in her eyes creating an intricate mosaic surface. The
tales in the typography have become entwined within her image and
are part of Sophie’s identity.The creation of this work has
been an intimate meditation and contemplation of the sitter. Jamie
Poole has created a portrait that brings him closer to his subject.
The narratives that are collaged create bonds between his practice
through the process and the relationship of the artist to his
sitter. As text is layered the words, lines and phrases are
repeated and embedded into the work creating a unifying
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