To Portray or To Portrait Online Exhibition | Page 2
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Conrad Johnson studied fine art at Beckenham School of Art, Ravensbourne College of Art and Design, and Goldsmiths College.
‘Any scene, whether landscape, portrait, interior, whatever… I see as a pattern of flat shapes, each with a variety of tone, colour and texture, that fit together like a jigsaw… you just have to colour in the shapes you see in front of you… I wish…’
I am a contemporary mixed media artist specialising in painting and drawing. I enjoy experimenting with ink, pen, collage, oils and acrylic. I work in a range of mediums, however, currently create fine art using pen, paint, and alcohol inks. Often creating unique abstract outcomes which can be refined with a diverse range of drawing and painting processes. I find alcohol inks enables me to create patterns and forms which can lead into exciting colour combinations. I take my inspiration from the images surrounding me, use them to inspire realistic or abstract paintings.
The young woman in the photo turns her head towards a new dawn, a new beginning, a rebirth beyond the chaos of Covid-19. Because of its deliberately misleading composition and lighting, it could almost be a baroque or rococo painting from the 18th century, set on an aristocratic veranda with the woman awaiting party guests that never arrive. But instead it depicts a 21st-century Persian migrant escaping the restrictions of Covid isolation by having a ‘Feast of Friends’ alone surrounded by urban nature in Hampstead Pergola, awaiting guests who never arrive because they were never invited.
My name is Eden, I’m 20 years old and I’m a Fine Art student. I was born and raised in Corby, my experiences growing up here influencing my work as an artist. The theme of this exhibition really spoke to me because I feel like the environment we’ve all inhabited in this past year has been a quite insular one. For me, lockdown was a time for personal reflection which is something I’ve tried to convey in these self portraits, using gouache on paper. I wanted to paint myself inhabiting my own headspace, a mental environment, from the perspective of a non-existent on looker in the physical environment. And of course I have painted myself in my favourite shirt, which has faired me well through many days of failed baking experiments and playing animal crossing during the pandemic.
Emmie Morris is a writer artist currently based in Nottingham. Her practice revolves around auto-theory, the combination of criticism within a narrative voice, personal experience and how the voice can switch positionality. Within her written work she aims to push hybrid forms of writing, combining together poetry, prose, fiction and non-fiction to show how writing can fit within the context of contemporary art today.
Displayed on 10inch video monitor
I have chosen to show portraits of what has mattered most during lockdown, family and music!
In terms of my own practice, I try to be a diverse visual artist; often turning to mixed media and photography to illustrate the concepts of space, existence and vision. I focuses on detailing and observation, by breaking down the subject matter; usually a location, into layers of image, text and colour. From my perspective, everything is viewed as temporary and is a creative exploration of the world that I’ve suddenly found myself in.