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An experiment linking to artists

On of the challenges that I have is that of considering artistic style and approach. One challenge my tutor left me with is to:

“Link your work to that of others and make it clear
that this is what you’re doing”

Part 3 Formative feedback

So, lets start by considering one artist whose figurative work I admire – Maggi Hambling. To start, lets examine a number of her figurative drawings that I like:

Portrait of Dr David Brown
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Research Point: Landscape Artists

The research point states “Research artists from different eras who use landscape as their main subject.” I will also include a slightly wider catchment than this, as there are a number of interesting artists who produce Landscape images but without this being a primary subject for them.

To start considering this I decided to start by throwing the net wide. Searching for landscapes on WikiArt , at the Tate and the V&A provides a host of landscape based artwork to consider. Some of this falls within the approach that’s suggested by the question, but not all. Kandinsky, for example, might not be considered primarily a landscape artist – but the following is of interest:

Landscape with factory chimney, Wassily Kandinsky
Landscape with factory chimney, Wassily Kandinsky from https://www.wikiart.org/en/wassily-kandinsky/landscape-with-factory-chimney-1910

In addition to those searches I also subscribe to a number art feeds on Twitter, and this regularly provides landscape material that I like. The resulting set of images quickly provides an idea of just how vast the field of landscape drawing and painting can be. Continue reading “Research Point: Landscape Artists”

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Susan Gathercole

I recently ran into Susan Gathercole’s work. Looking at her web site’s Galleries there were pieces from the last few years present. The work seems to have been inspired by a range of artists, including Picasso. She doesn’t try for a highly realistic view, and has some of the multi-viewpoint properties of other artists. (I have to assume this is intentional, rather than due to lack of skill.) The colours she uses are rich and representational, and there is some feeling of depth from the use of tone.

Overall, I like her work because of it conveys a feeling about the subject as much of the reality of the subject. As always, it is worth seeing personally rather than via Internet based images if you get the opportunity.

Featured image: Stella and Sissie Rum Cup, Susan Gathercole, 2018, from http://www.susangathercole.co.uk/gallery_735176.html#photos_id=16052160

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Research: Impressionist Still Life

My work in this part so far, including my to be finished Still Life in line, has been quite “tight” and detailed. This is in contrast to my more successful Life Drawing works, which are finished much more quickly – but in some ways are drawings I like more. This made me reflect on the Impressionist works that I’d seen, and I decided to do a bit of research. Continue reading “Research: Impressionist Still Life”

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Art being viewed…

Legacies of Biafra

Image from https://www.omenkaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/full125858.jpg
Image from https://www.omenkaonline.com/wp-content/uploads/2018/01/full125858.jpg

Back in February I visited this exhibition, and for various reasons I keep coming back to think about it. Unfortunately you couldn’t take photographs and there is little about the exhibition available on the Internet. The works were highly varied, within the theme of the Nigerian civil war. This is a subject that I have little personal connection with, but it has made me think about artists’ responses to such events and the fallout from them. Continue reading “Art being viewed…”

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Research: Cabbages and art

I started setting up to do a still life with a cabbage as part of the assignment work. This is based on a pointed cabbage we picked up. (Now eaten, but I’ve still got photographs.)

IMG_5652 (Edited)
Sketchbook cabbage

As an investigation around this, however, I decided to have a look around at how different artists had treated still life images including a cabbage. It turns out it is a fairly rich field, as a quick Google search and following on from it revealed.

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