Damien Hirst

Damien Hirst was born in Bristol in 1965, and studied at Goldsmiths University. Hirst became a leading figure in the Young British Artists movement in the late 1980s and 1990s, and is one of the richest living artists in the UK. Damien Hirst’s work spans decades and Hirst has explored a vast range of materials,Continue reading “Damien Hirst”

A Series of Paintings

This is the first assignment in the module of ‘Understanding Painting Media’ with the OCA. It is designed to integrate all of the techniques, observations and lessons learned during the four preceding exercises – Painting Thin and Small, Black and White, Quick and Focused and Look at what you see – not what you imagine. Inspired byContinue reading “A Series of Paintings”

Look at what you see – not what you imagine

Building upon the previous exercise of Quick and Focused this exercise was also a challenge in painting what you see and not what you imagine. The exercise also came with a time restriction of 10 minutes for the first attempt and then 20 minutes for the second. I also had to reposition the image upsideContinue reading “Look at what you see – not what you imagine”

Quick and Focused

For this exercise I had to work quickly, focusing in on the subject matter rather than looking at the page, as well as using the paintbrush as I would a pencil. I also had only one minute per image to paint! I used A3 watercolour paper, and watered down acrylic to paint with, and choseContinue reading “Quick and Focused”

Black and White

This second assignment focuses on using black and white paint mediums only, including both backgrounds and object images. With 5 black backgrounds, and 5 white backgrounds, I used the following materials on each: black ink, black acrylic paint, white gouache, white acrylic paint, and grey gouache. I systematically used one painting medium atop each ofContinue reading “Black and White”

Painting Thin and Small

The first exercise in the first module of my BA in Fine Art with the OCA! This exercise provides an opportunity to practice painting thin and small. Tasked with choosing an array of images that appealed to me, I selected: a photograph of Boris Johnson, a collage of a hand, ‘The Kiss’ by Gustav Klimt,Continue reading “Painting Thin and Small”

Cecily Brown

Cecily Brown was born in 1969 to British parents in London, and now lives and works in New York City. Brown’s work uses an array of colour and gestural markings, there is an energy to Brown’s brush marks which have been compared to other renowned artists such as William De Kooning and Francis Bacon, (twoContinue reading “Cecily Brown”

Mimei Thompson

Mimei Thompson was born 1972, in Japan to a Chilean mother and American father, Thompson later moved to the Sudan, and now lives and works in London. Thompson’s subject matter ranges from the everyday objects of vegetables, plants, animals and landscapes, however through her style of painting Thompson recreates these ordinary objects into a dreamContinue reading “Mimei Thompson”

Gia Edzgveradze

Gia Edzgveradze was born in the former Soviet republic state of Georgia in 1953. Edzgveradze utilises a diverse range of mediums and techniques in his art work from performance art, videography, sculpture, writing and photography. I chose these two pieces of work in particular as they intrigued me, especially the above ‘Simple Secret’. What isContinue reading “Gia Edzgveradze”

Chuck Close

Chuck Close is an American Painter and Photographer, born in 1940, renowned for his portraits, particularly large scale and photorealistic as well as slightly abstract as pictured below. What struck me most whilst learning about Close was that he in fact suffers from a condition called prosopagnosia, or face-blindness, which prevents him from recognising faces.Continue reading “Chuck Close”