I’m a twenty year old final year painting student at Aberystwyth. My speciality is portraiture, painted in a traditional style (oil on canvas) in a semi-photographic manner.
I’VE FINISHED!!!!! put the wooden beading on the bottom of my space today, so that’s everything done. the opening night is this saturday. so excited! it should be a really good show this year, i’ve had a quick look round and there is a lot of quality work about, better than previous years, i’d say. About five undergrads are doing figurative painting like me, and the standard for that is certainly very high.
Writing a regular blog for Degrees Unedited in the run up to my degree show was a surprisingly therapeutic experience. It helped me to get perspective on my technical problems to realise that if a painting wasnt working one day there were better solutions then sticking a palette knife through it… Id resolved issues before, I could again.
Since leaving university Ive enjoyed the freedom of being able to paint whatever I feel like without having to analyse myself, or make a piece fit in with a dissertation philosophy. However, I do miss the luxury of having nothing more pressing to do then paint all day. The main issue has changed from will I get these paintings done in time? to will I get the time to do these paintings?! I currently work as a Gallery Attendant in the Dulwich Picture Gallery, London. It is an amazingly relevant job and looking at art all day is a constant reminder of what I want to do with the rest of my time. Being in London, I feel much more in touch with the art world than I did at university, as I can visit galleries and museums with ease.
My paintings juxtapose photorealism with strong abstract elements in This moment, now the drippy effect in the background symbolises the slippery nature of memory and our inability to recall the past accurately, conjuring up a feeling rather than a visually accurate account. Not being perturbed by last years rejection, Im once again entering the BP Award with You choose what you reflect. Im not expecting to be accepted but in art I think perseverance is key. Or perhaps its just stubbornness…
remembered my camera today! unfortunately the battery went after the first few pictures so i’ll take the rest tommmow. today i re-measured the skull placements, then put them on, put up my labels and biseness cards, re -painted the sky in the one of adam, re-painted the edges of all the portraits where they had got skuffed during instalation; cleaned up the skulls where they had been flicked with white at some stage, signed the skulls and signed kate. all i have to do now is paint the wooden beading that is going along the bottom of the boards, which should be up by tommmorow. da daaaa…. can’t beleive its all done! looking forward to opening night. i had to dye a pair of my shoes black today as i don’t have a black pair to go with the dress i’m wearing on opening night. oh, the joys of being a student….!
well, i would put up more photos but i, erm, forgot my camera this morning. d’oh!!! anyway, today i re streched the skull pictures as they where sagging in the middle, then painted all the outside edges on all the paintings the same white as the wall, so they wouldn’t look dirty. then i hung the portraits. tryed to hang the skulls but they kept going in the wrong place so i must have got the measerments wrong somewhere (mathemeatics never my strong point)… i’ll definately put up a photo of the whole exhibition tommmorow. hardly anyone was in the art school today, they must all be at home, frantically painting their exhibition pieces…
all finished! just done the last skull. i’m putting up the pictures tommorow, so i’ll photograph them all then.