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By: Jade Gabb

BA(Hons) Fine Art

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Jade Gabb, 'Self Portrait', Oil on Cardboard, October 2011.

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Jade Gabb, 'Self Portrait', Oil on Cardboard, October 2011.

Jade Gabb, 'Distortion of Delacroix's Orpan Girl', Oil on Canvas, November 2011.

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Jade Gabb, 'Distortion of Delacroix's Orpan Girl', Oil on Canvas, November 2011.

Jade Gabb, 'Distortion of Gericault's Gambler', Oil on Canvas, November 2011.

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Jade Gabb, 'Distortion of Gericault's Gambler', Oil on Canvas, November 2011.

Jade Gabb, 'Distortion of Goya's Self Portrait', Oil on Canvas, November 2011.

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Jade Gabb, 'Distortion of Goya's Self Portrait', Oil on Canvas, November 2011.

Jade Gabb, 'Distortion of Rembrandt's Self Portrait', Oil on Cardboard, December 2011.

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Jade Gabb, 'Distortion of Rembrandt's Self Portrait', Oil on Cardboard, December 2011.

# 1 [24 February 2012]

Hello! Thought it would be a good idea to post some of my work from A/W term which I am still finding helpful/influential. My method of creating these images comes from rapidly drawing the portrait without looking at the page at all and just focusing on the figure. The drawings were a starting point and I've become very fond of this way of working; I think the speed of executing the drawings creates an energy and spontaneity that I couldn't achieve from more detailed observational studies. Also, there is something very exciting about looking for the first time at the drawing you've made and seeing strange distorted resemblances between it and the sitter. I will hopefully get some images of the initial drawings to post on here soon.

The paintings originated from drawings using this method, and are either taken from direct observation or from reproductions of portraits by artists such as Goya or Rembrandt. Originally the paintings I made from other artists' work were merely meant for working out colour pallettes to use in my own work (this is something I need to work on!) but I found these strange pastiches really enjoyable so got a bit lost in creating them for a while! However they were starting to get a bit caricature-ish which wasn't what I was attempting to do, so I'm more focused on developing my own compositions this term.

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Hi Jade I thought they were fabulous, arresting and really strong. I think you could do a lot with these..........reminiscent of John Currin somewhere, but more rustic and less knowing.............

posted on 2012-02-26 by Franny Swann

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Jade Gabb

Hi, my name's Jade, I'm a third year student at the Cardiff Metropolitan University studying Fine Art, specialising in painting. My current work focuses on aspects of the human figure, in particular the percieved correlation between an individual's appearance and their mentality. There are various ideas informing my practice at the moment, such as physiognomy, popular culture, isolation, distortion, deformation and contemporary social issues. I am hoping to use this blog as a way of exploring these ideas and making sense of how they relate to my own work. :)