Body of Work Series

The exciting debut solo exhibition by Rachel Matton opens Saturday 12th September 2020 at The Lounge, Thames-Side Studios, Woolwich, London, SE18 5NR. The exhibition features eight abstract pieces from her collection ‘Body of Work’ which will be on display until Friday 25th September 2020. “Painting is a form of escapism, when I’m painting I amContinue reading “Body of Work Series”

Portfolio Selection: Understanding Painting Media

My work on Understanding Painting Media has drawn to a close and now it’s time to pull together a portfolio of work to share with the assessors! In this blog post I will be selecting 15-20 pieces to whittle down to the final selection to put forward for critique. Here is my initial selection below:Continue reading “Portfolio Selection: Understanding Painting Media”

The History of Acrylic Paint

Acrylic paint is now a popular material widely used in the art world due to its many positive qualities, as it is affordable, non-toxic, water based and quick-drying. However it is a relatively new painting medium, in comparison to oil or watercolour paints. It is widely recognised that the compounds for acrylic paint were firstContinue reading “The History of Acrylic Paint”

Depicting your environment

Thinking about how I might like to depict my environment for the final assignment of Understanding Painting Media, with the Open College of Arts, I began to consider all of the previous work and exercises I had undertaken to date. I thought about the different practices and techniques I used and decided that monotype printingContinue reading “Depicting your environment”

Jenny Saville

Jenny Saville was born in 1970 in Cambridge, England. Saville is a contemporary British painter and an original member of the Young British Artists. She is well known for her large-scale painted depictions of nude women. Saville gained her degree at the Glasgow School of Art in 1992, and went on to study women’s studies at the UniversityContinue reading “Jenny Saville”

Room Study

For this exercise I was tasked with making a study of a corner of my room. This space needed to be somewhere the light changes throughout the day. I was required to make a study using watercolour on A5 paper once in the morning, then midday and then evening. I chose this corner of myContinue reading “Room Study”

Robert Priseman

Robert Priseman was born in Derbyshire in 1965, and currently lives and works in Essex. Priseman is a British artist, collector, writer, curator and publisher . Priseman began his career painting portraits, of which his sitters include the Dalai Lama, Phil Collins, Jeremy Paxman and Cardinal Basil Hume. However Priseman later moved on from portrait paintingContinue reading “Robert Priseman”

Joseph Mallord William Turner

Joseph Mallord William Turner was born in 1775 in London and was a British painter, printmaker and water-colourist. Turner studied at the Royal Academy of Arts from 1789, enrolling when he was 14, and exhibited his first work there at age 15. He had an expansive art career producing 550 oil paintings, 2,000 watercolours, and 30,000 worksContinue reading “Joseph Mallord William Turner”

Charles Avery

Charles Avery was born in 1973 in Oban, and lives and works in London. Avery studied a foundation course at Chelsea College of Art in London, but he is largely self-taught as an artist. Avery has become internationally famous for the extensive drawings, paintings and writings about his imaginary island he has invented. His workContinue reading “Charles Avery”

Walter Sickert

Walter Sickert was born in 1860 in Munich, Germany and was a British painter and printmaker who was a member of the Camden Town Group of Post-Impressionist artists in early 20th-century London. Sickert was well known for his subtle use of colour, paintings of interiors, city streets and nudes. Sickert studied at the University CollegeContinue reading “Walter Sickert”