I am currently exploring, testing and evaluating the behaviour of different paint substances and other viscous materials including; pigments, varnishes, resins, latex and rubber, gloss and other household paints. Making my own paint, I have pursued the idea of paint forming its’ own surface. Through extensive research and a series of vigorous experiments, I have been using different surface qualities such as glass, Perspex and polyester film samples to successfully cast sheets of paint off. In recent work I have cast my own paint onto and peeled back off various surfaces in a quest to pursue the idea of paint forming its’ own surface. Some pieces have consisted of wall paintings whereby paint it built up into thick layers onto the wall and then partially peeled back off creating a ‘flap’ of dry paint. In other instances dried sheets of cast paint have been invisibly fixed onto the wall. Other works are free standing and sit on the floor or against a wall. Placed together or separately these works begin to question what a painting is and how its position or placing can affect our perception. Curious as the pieces are, they invite the viewer to question how they made and out of what materials and what their weight is and how are they supported or hung? On the wall, floor, two dimensional and three dimensional; my work has sculptural and painting concerns which questions how a painting might be conceived as a material that becomes its own support and content, at the same time suggesting the notion that a painting is or can be an object. My practice is primarily underpinned by my interest in contemporary painting. It questions and suggests how a painting might be conceived as a material that becomes its own support and content. The work is painted with brightly coloured household gloss resulting in highly seductive, smooth and dense surfaces. The colours are a reflection of culture today, they are; artificial, fabricated colours of industrial production that presently dominate our environment. A combination of seductive surface and intense colour actively engages both the viewers’ sensations and perceptions.
Biography: I was born in Darlington (a small town in the north east of England) in 1981. In June 2003 I completed my BA in Fine Art Painting at Northumbria University, Newcastle Upon Tyne. I graduated with a first class honours degree. Following this I was nominated and selected to be a Graduate Fellow at the university. Fellow Placements were given to graduates who had demonstrated outstanding achievement and commitment throughout their degree. I accepted the year long placement which consisted of a studio space within the university in return for supporting the tutors and assisting them and their teaching programme. After this placement I embarked upon a two year MA, Fine Art Painting at The Slade School of Fine Art with funding, which I had been awarded by the Arts and Humanities Research Board (AHRB). During the MFA show in June 2006, I was awarded a year long rent free studio and a ?5,000 bursary. The Prize is known as the ‘Adrian Carruthers Award’. I currently work in the studio in Deptford which is in the South Eastern area of London. I will continue to work here until my tenancy expires in October. EXHIBITIONS Nov 2006: Group Exhibition ; ‘10 Rooms & a Sculpture Garden’. June 2006: Awarded the Adrian Carruthers Studio Award. The prize consists of a rent free ACME studio in London for one year and a ?5000 bursary. Dec 2005: exhibited in a group show at Westbourne Studios in Notting Hill, London. Oct 2005: ‘Interim Show’ Slade School of Fine Art. March 2005: Group exhibition at Westminster University, London. Sep 2004-June2006: Awarded Arts & Humanities Research Board Grant (AHRB). Feb 2004: organised and curated a small graduate show at Northumbria University. Sept 2003–June 2004: Fellowship/Residency at Northumbria University. Aug 2003: ‘Northern Graduates Show’ at New Academy & Curwin Gallery, London. May 2002: Group show at Globe Gallery, North Shields.
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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