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Sea Bed 2006
Since a visit to St. Catherine's Palace, St. Petersburg, I have been obsessed with colour, pattern and opulence. I have become a hoarder, I can't throw anything away. I love decorative objects, images and curiosities, collecting and recycling them within my work.
I am fascinated by colour and enjoy experimenting with new techniques and processes to intensify my palette. I choose to work in oil and acrylic paint. I use oil paint with varnish like mediums to create pools and stains of rich colour. I find that acrylic paint is a very flexible medium and lends itself perfectly to my style. I have developed a technique described as acrylic appliqué, creating acrylic doilies and collaging them onto my canvases.
My main influences are the profusely decorated interiors of Matisse, Japanese Woodcut, Klimt and the design movement Art Nouveau.At present I work and live in Basingstoke, Hampshire. I have a small space in my house that I use as my studio. I have had the opportunity to work with local galleries , to assist the hanging of new exhibitions. This has been valuable experience of the technical aspects of painting materials and ground.
At present I work and live in Basingstoke, Hampshire. I have a small space in my house that I use as my studio. I have had the opportunity to work with local galleries to assist the hanging of new exhibitions. This has been valuable experience of the technical aspects of painting materials and ground.
I Studied painting and printmaking for 3 years, achieving a BA Hons first class degree at Southampton University. Since graduating, I have successfully exhibited and sold my work, locally and online.
(May 2004) ‘Haunted’ The Nufield Theatre , Southampton (May 2005) ‘Current Work’ No More Blue, Southampton (Jun 2005) ‘Showcase ‘05’ The Millais Gallery, Southampton (Aug 2005) ‘Intuition’ The Next Step Gallery, The Dolphin Hotel, Southampton (Aug 2005) ‘Online Exhibit’ The World Chico, London (Nov 2005) ‘New Contemporaries’ Fairfields Art Centre, Basingstoke
BTEC National Diploma in foundation studies Art and Design
I have qualified as a teacher of art and design. I have taken up a post
at a Southampton school, teaching 11-16 year olds. I am continuing my
own practise and enjoy experimenting with new processes and techniques.
About My Work
My earlier work is concerned with the representation of the female form and the move away from realism. The ideas are based on the merge between the historic, romantic and contemporary representation of the female form. My starting point for any painting is from creative and imaginative aesthetics rather than traditional ones.
My influences range from Geisha Girls, Film Noir, Fashion Magazines to opulent palace interiors. I have utilised a gaunt of ready-made visual resources to explore contemporary manifestations of Venus. I use only porcelain faces and bursts of line to define my figurative imagery. This process of painting discovers new qualities by rubbing back marks. The females limbs are juxtaposed against an intensely wet ground, immersed in fluid stains of glossy dammar varnish.
Most recently my work has been influenced by the encrusted decorated objects of Art Nouveau. I have been collecting patterned imagery from fashion magazines and other found decorative surfaces, drawing upon the psychedelic poster designs of the movement in my canvases. In some pieces the pattern or paint gushes. Blossoms, petals, feathers and garlands of beads create an internal momentum, that bursts out of the composition. The technique allows layers of overlapping and interlocking.
and particularity of Art Nouveau is what has interested me.