Jamie Norton Poole

Staffordshire University, School of Design and Ceramics : BA Hons Design: Surface Pattern

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Artist Statement
My paintings are often autobiographical and represent different moments and periods in my life through landscape. They seek to evoke the spontaneity of life through both the natural occurrences within nature and the expressive ways that humans make their mark on the landscape. The act of making a mark or recording a moment in time is a strong and natural impulse in humans and I have tried to show this by layering ideas from nature and graffiti art.

These feelings are portrayed through a personal language of sweeping and flowing brushstrokes, stencils of flowers, birds and portraits which suggest influences from Japanese textiles and graffiti.

The rich, organic colour scheme, textural grounds and patterns which have evolved as my work has developed seek to evoke an optimistic, dreamlike quality to the images. These emphasize the idea that a story or memory can be found within the landscapes.

I use a mixture of mediums to create my artworks including dyed paper, pencils, acrylic paints, spray paints and oil pastels. The works are not usually planned in advance and tend to take shape as they progress giving an intuitive, layered feeling and finish to the compositions.

Exhibitions and Commissions
New Designers Show (1996): Islington, London.
The show was based around the theme of English landscapes and included canvas paintings, a fabric sculpture and two hand painted and screen printed sofas. All the work was inspired by artists such as David Hockney , Ivon Hitchens and Barbara Hepworth.
Lavish Exhibition 1997 and (1998) : Brighton. Paper mache Mirror Frames, fish, birds, animals and brooches.
Hever Castle Crafts Show (1998): Kent. New Landscape Paintings.
Arts Café - Eastbourne Arts Festival (1998): I took part in the festival by showing my paintings and painting a large mural in the Arts Café.
The Rude Mechanical Theatre Company (1999) : I designed promotional material and props (paper mache boats worn by actors) for a production of Shakespeare’s play - ‘Comedy of Errors’.
Jubilee Arts: Public Arts Project (1999): Sixteen Artists, Architects, Curators, designers worked together to create ideas for the regeneration of West Bromwich town centre. (Involved collaboration with architect Will Alsop.)
Archery Youth Centre Mural Project (1999): Working with the members of the club we produced a mural for the back wall of the main hall. The project was based around a space age theme and the members own aspirations for the future.
Australia, House Painting Project 2000: I was commissioned to paint a house and make small paintings on wood.
Wellingborough Open Art Competition. (2003): Landscape Painting.
Wrenn Art Gallery (2003): ‘Landscape’. Collage landscape paintings. Exhibited with Domonic Pote.
Chapel Gallery, ‘Square’ (2003): Risely, Bedfordshire. First Prize Winner.

Jamie Norton Poole

Staffordshire University, School of Design and Ceramics : BA Hons Design: Surface Pattern

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