I have decided to work on collections of portraits/life drawings – I want to build on my ability to pare down and edit out with my work. I feel my personal voice lies with the depiction of the human form, of the human experience, however, I have no idea as yet how that will be.
Of the artists listed to research I found Luc Tuymans the most exciting – his use of reduced colour palette seems to potentise his images. I am also interested in the messages behind his work – most of which are challenging in some way or other and add to the way I connect to the work.
Richter’s work also feels powerful. Capturing movement seems something I am unable to do – there is life in the portraits and yet the movement also adds a more disturbing quality to each piece. Technically I question how on earth I could try and paint in this way! I need to get up close and see both Tuymans and Richter’s work in person as I feel I would learn an awful lot in terms of technique and application of medium.
‘Drawings & Words’ – I am pretty much blown away by this series of work. It leaves me speechless. I love it, I find I want to devour it – it’s like a melting pot of pure inspiration and creativity and I want to dive into it. It makes me feel overwhelmed too. It somehow reflects exactly what I want to say, but makes me question whether I will ever have the ability to say it.
My choice of images for Exercise 1:-