Theo Crutchley-Mack and The Drang Gallery

Theo Crutchley-Mack is an award winning young artist who makes richly textured landscape paintings that portray his fascination for atmospheric environments. His chosen subjects range from rotting hulls on muddy creeks, to scenes of powerful architectural industry. There is a consistent commitment to abandonment and atmosphere in Theo’s work. Theo has recently completed a collection of work based on the South Devon landscape which is available to view in the Salcombe Drang Gallery.

Theo Crutchley-Mack in his studio in Wales

Theo studied pure drawing at Falmouth School of Art for three years, enabling him to refine his technical skills before introducing painting into his work. The introduction of colour and brushwork created a rhythmic combination of accurate drawing and expressive painting, to form powerful depictions of beautiful yet isolated landscapes.

Often painting on thick handmade paper and large boards, Theo’s work is built from strong layers of texture that are sealed with acrylics and varnishes. These mediums give a depth that suggests strong connections to the eroded coastal landscapes that inspire him to work.

Theo Crutchley-Mack Studio Shot

Theo Crutchley-Mack in his studio in Wales

Theo has completed a tour of the Falkland Islands, which are scattered with shipwrecks and isolated whaling stations, a place that idyllically lends its atmospheric qualities to Theo’s work. In summer 2016, Theo showcased a collection of drawings on the Isles of Scilly which he had completed on the island. Theo’s love for working on location is part of his success, obtaining a real feeling of earthiness and nostalgia in his work.

 About Theo Crutchley-Mack

Theo Crutchley-Mack was born in Bristol in 1994 and has lived in various parts of the UK including West Yorkshire, West Wales and South Cornwall.At the age of 16 he became the first teenager to design a 50 pence coin for the Royal Mint which was later released into circulation throughout the United Kingdom. This sparked a specific interest in drawing, which has driven his visual journey through to the current day. Theo went on to pursue this interest and studied BA (Hons) Drawing at Falmouth University in Cornwall. The Universities location allowed him to develop his interest in maritime life and link it closely to his practice.Having lived and studied on the coast Theo has become fascinated by the detrimental affects of nature on manmade structures, and is drawn to the fragmented histories of abandoned vessels and wrecks. Theo connects with these places by spending many hours drawing and painting on location. These drawings then feed more sustained works created in the studio at a later date. Theo Crutchley Mack Studio in Wales

“These ruins have a profound effect on the atmosphere of a landscape and it is this which I attempt to capture within my drawing.”

The obsession with grime and decay is a consistent theme in Theo’s work.

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