Online Art School

Online Art School

Examples of student work from the Spring Term course, ‘Aspects of Art’. Students studies anatomy, particularly that of the hand and it’s compositional and symbolic use in historical and contemporary painting. ‘Winter Landscape’ was studies with particular reference to John Piper and an emphasis on exciting mixed-media outcomes. Students then completed the term with ‘Spring Portraits’, looking especially at the role of light and the symbolic use of the spring as a theme.

Online courses run via Googlemeet and Whatsapp, offering the opportunity for group discussion and one to one tutorials supported by pdf resources and video demonstrations.

Royal Academy Summer Exhibition

Delighted to have my work selected for this year’s Summer Exhibition at the Royal Academy and to have been able to attend ‘Varnishing Day’ at the Royal Academy on Monday. This wonderful show is coordinated by Alison Wilding. Her chosen theme is ‘Climate’. The curators have put together a varied and sumptuous array of contemporary art practice, impeccably presented and hung.

My painting ‘Steel’ no. 863 was selected by her and hangs in Room 5. ‘Steel’ portrays a pear, a fragment of nature, prone and vulnerable, laid bare to scrutiny in an unsettlingly, ambiguous environment. The title ‘Steel’ reflects nature’s problematic relationship to man, industry and their impact on the environment. It refers to evidence of 2 cut marks to the skin of the pear, to the pear’s stem, shaped as a sabre, resting as if in submission on the steel, blue-grey surface.