• Undetermined Paths at the Abacus Gallery (photos to follow)

Over the past few weeks I’ve been busy organising and curating an exhibition with Elaine Begley. It was quite a last minute event as we were given the keys to the space only a week before the opening night. Prior to that we had discussed our intentions, invited artists and planned the show in the space of a week. The idea behind the ‘theme’ was as per the description we included in the show invitation:

"Our relationship with nature around is often an everyday occurrence but can also take the form of an awe-inspiring moment. Have urbanisation and advances in technology changed the way we perceive and react to the natural landscape? A multi-disciplinary show featuring photography, sculpture, ceramics, illustration, visuals, collage and printmaking."

This has been a steep but vastly useful learning curve and a real insight into the process of putting on an exhibition. Both myself and Elaine worked together to communicate with the artists we’d chosen and effectively hang their work parallel to the space’s attributes and limitations.
  • August 2014
  • A portrait from my final day at the Drawing Marathon last week. I felt like I achieved a lot in the five days spent at the drawing school, taking pointers from the many tutors we got to work with each day. While each had a totally different approach, there was a lesson to be taken from each day’s work, from both a technical and a conceptual perspective. Charcoal has become a medium that I am much more comfortable with, particularly now that I think of it in a more ‘painterly’ sense.
I think I thrived in the portrait classes the most, where we were encouraged to make two complete drawings from longer sittings as opposed to the quicker studies made in usual life drawing classes. Coincidentally, the tutors taking the portrait classes that I did were Andy Pankhurst and Rowan James, both painters with distinctive approaches to observational drawing. The influence of those classes was pertinent in my experience of the week, while I also enjoyed the unorthadox teaching of Jeanette Barnes on our out-of-house session, ‘Drawing London’.
The Drawing Marathon has really fuelled my imagination and I hope to continue to draw from observation as much as possible.
  • July 2014
  • July 2014
  • July 2014
  • Finally had time to install the Wall of Fame in my flat, featuring @victoriapurdon @begleyela @kate241190 and the elusive Kim Jones. Oh, and our old pal Monet in the middle there… #namedrop
  • June 2014
  • My degree show work on display earlier this month. I am really pleased to say that I will be graduating with a First next month but also very sad to be finally leaving the studio environment, at least for the time-being. To maintain a sense of creative output/involvement, I’m going to try to keep this blog updated periodically with developments in my own work, as well as observations and exhibition visits in my contextualisation blog.
  • June 2014
  • May 2014
  • April 2014
  • April 2014