William Kentridge, Whitechapel Gallery (Study Visit) 2016

There were many parts of the Kentridge exhibition that I found inspiring – words, images, layers, concepts – it felt like a dense, intense experience engaging with this collection of work and I have taken away a number of ideas that I will hope to use in my own practice. Words – the importance of…

Jerwood Drawing Prize, 2016

This year’s Jerwood Drawing Prize exhibition was incredibly inspiring. I had entered myself and was able to see why my work wasn’t suitable. Seeing the choices really helped me to understand further how my own drawing work needs to be more contemporary, more challenging and this will, therefore, inform what I enter next year. The…

House of St Barnabas – July 2016

I really enjoyed my trip to House of St Barnabase – lots of contemporary art to engage with – I particularly enjoyed seeing Wanda Bernadino’s work – I enjoy blanking out faces and redacting areas of my own work so it was very interesting to see close up the amazing intricacy of her paintings then…

RA – David Hockney and RA Schools show – July 2016

David Hockney What struck me:- vividness of colour the repetition of the colour of the background/chair to create continuity in the paintings as a group The teal green and blue background colours feature in places on the figures or their clothing/shadows to pull the colour palette of the piece together the postures of the sitters…

Assignement 2 prep – Louise Bourgeois – Tate Modern July ’16

The collection of work by Louise Bourgeois in the extended Tate Modern had a real impact on me, particularly in terms of my work for assignment 2.  I found most of her work particularly dark and uncanny and it sparked many thought processes and ideas in contemplation of what was on display. The heads and…

Jenny Saville – Erota – Gasogian ‘July 16

It was great to see Jenny Saville’s work up close. Some of the pieces were over 2 1/2 metres long which in itself was impressive – there is a real energy and power to her work.  There is such presence in the variety of mark making and the description of memory and movement. Some work…

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition 2016

I have never been to the Summer Exhibition before.  So I was pleasantly surprised that it was so inspiring. I went with the idea to look for images that capture the essence of ‘the uncanny’ for me.  The below show the essence of what I set out to find.      There is something unspoken, hidden,…

Michael Craig-Martin talk at RA for London Print Fair 6.5.16

Inspiring to hear such a prolific artist talking about his work in general.  The points that I felt were pertinent to my own practice were:- when painting might be singular, parents can be created as closely related and in sets – to be made and sold together nearly every image that appears in a print…

London Print Fair 6.5.16

It was great to see so many different styles of work from so many different eras (and price brackets!). Five pieces that inspired me are below:- Grayson Perry, Map of Nowhere I it find thrilling to stand before Grayson Perry’s work.  Why? It pleases my brain immensely.  There is humour and darkness and such cleverness…I…

Russia and the Arts, National Portrait Gallery 6.5.16

Really enjoyed this exhibition – to see a commentary of a moment in history.  A small but beautiful collection of creatives gathered to reflect the culture and social ideology in Russia between 1867 and 1914. Nothing dull or disinteresting – it felt really fresh.  The bio of each person in the specific portrait somehow brought…

Tate Modern, 30.4.16

I wanted to try and see some of the artists suggested in the research list first-hand.  Unfortunately I picked a time when the Tate is in a changeover stage – so I revisited some of the collections that I have previously seen.  I was pleased with one room – there was one Peter Doig and…