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Perfume and Posters

Perfume as Practice SS18 at Bureau, Blackburn feels rather more imminent now that I have designed a poster for it: The process of designing and distributing posters for exhibitions – particularly solo shows – does add a certain weight to […]

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Blogger Q&A: Michael Borkowsky, artist and perfumer

This week’s featured artist blogger on a-n’s Instagram is Michael Borkowsky. Over recent years the Sheffield-based artist has adopted the craft of perfumery in his visual art practice leading him to, amongst other things, work directly with other artists in portraiture. Richard Taylor finds out more.

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the power of portraiture…

In a world saturated with photography I was intrigued by the reaction of underlined project participants to seeing themselves in beautifully crafted documentation drawings made by Adam Wilson at our previous workshops. There was something that connected people to each […]

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The Art of Tweaking Workshops

I am still processing all of my olfactory activity from the end September until now. It’s been a period of extreme intensity, which has seen me deliver a residency, a solo show, two group shows and 5 workshops around the UK […]

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Workshop with MARCO Museum, Monterrey.

With help from the A-N Travel Bursary, I traveled to Monterrey in Northern Mexico, where I co-ran a four day workshop in one of Mexico’s main Museums of Contemporary Art, MARCO, with artist Marysa Dowling http://www.marysadowling.co.uk/ The workshop was titled […]

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The Everyday

Most days whilst I’m working on a study, I often get asked ‘Why biro?’, and honestly? I’m not too sure. I’ve been drawing with biro pens for the last 5 years, and I find it utterly satisfying looking back on […]

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Perfume as Practice AW17

Last Friday saw the opening of Perfume as Practice AW17 – my solo show at Surface Gallery, Nottingham, which houses 20 perfume portraits and a series of paintings. The perfumes have been achieved through a process that begins by asking […]

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Moving on, and on, and on…

Oh, how I wish for just a few days to decompress and evaluate this month’s creative endeavours; to get to grips with the successes and failures of my Orchard Square residency; to recover from a weekend of installing and taking […]

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Blogger Q&A: Hannah Rose Thomas, painter exploring refugee stories

Following a project this year working with Yezidi women who escaped ISIS captivity, Hannah Rose Thomas continues her MA studies in London. Richard Taylor finds out how her interest in the diversity of people and cultures, as well as her commitment to relief work, drives a unique approach to portraiture.

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To Guadalajara

After a few days in Oaxaca I travelled back towards the north to Guadalajara. Once my trip was confirmed ITESO University in Guadalajara invited me to teach a 2-week summer project on contemporary photography. ITESO is an extremely well resourced […]

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Andrew Salgado Exhibition

Finally, I got to see my biggest inspiration in exhibition! Andrew Salgado is the reason I started painting portraits, and seeing this selection of work has definitely inspired me further. His use of colour, shapes and textures creates multiple layers […]

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Using a Grid to Draw My Self-Portrait

In addition to my video Self, I’m also working on a large scale wall drawing which draws on the images I’ve been taking of myself and is made up of hundreds of post-its. In order to make this work I applied […]

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A Q&A with… John Stezaker, collage artist and first-time curator

John Stezaker, known for his photographic collages constructed from found images, has turned curator for ‘Turning to See: From Van Dyck to Lucian Freud’ at Birmingham Museum and Art Gallery. Anneka French talks to the artist about his new departure, how he selected works for the show, and where his own art fits in.

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‘Einstein’ Graphite Drawing

This is a graphite drawing of Albert Einstein when he was 26 years old working in the patent office, this was the moment in time when he came up with his first theory of relativity. This drawing was inspired by […]

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‘The Origin Of Despair’ Painting

This painting is very surreal and haunting, when painting this I was troubled and had a deep feeling of despair about my journey as an artist at this moment in time. It is very rare for me to feel this […]

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Me-vs-Me Self Portrait
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‘Me vs Me’ Self Portrait Painting

With this self-portrait I aimed to paint a contemporary piece that would show masculinity whilst also displaying what I enjoy doing most, painting. The idea was to paint the portrait as if I was looking back at myself concentrating on […]

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‘Marilyn Monroe’ Drawing

A sketched portrait of Marilyn Monroe using graphite pencils, coloured pencil (mainly for lips) and black fine-liner pen. http://www.switchstudio.co.uk

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Studio Visit: Cath Dack

Combining traditional and digital processes within the realm of photography is the focus of Cath Dack’s work. She explores a variety of subject matter but her growing expertise in dark room and wet photographic processes makes necessary the consideration of […]

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