Exhibition: BAESQUIT

I was included in this final exhibition of BAES (the Benevolent Association of Excellent Solutions), April 2017, South-East London. 

Artists Included: Nancy Allen, Jazz Alonso, Emmanuel Awuni, Charlie Barnard, Elliott Batten, Sophie Birch, Bryony Bodimeade, Jack Bodimeade, Kirsty Buchanan, Hannah Burton, Michael Clements, Verity Coward, Eleanor Davies, Ollie Dook, Bobbye Fermie, Daniel Gatenio, Liam Geary Baulch, Victoria Grenier, Mathias Hancock, Holly Hunter, Jack Jubb, Millie Kelly, Rosie Kennedy, Leila Lawrance, Pietro Librizzi, Jasmine Michal Leonard, Gal Leshem, Finnian Mckenna, Ella McVeigh, Francesca Mollett, Patricia Mulligan, Oliver Mulvihill, Ivan Robirosa, Elvira Rose Oddy, Conrad Pack, Emilie Peyre Smith, Lottie Stoddart, Juliette Temple, Felix Treadwell, Jules Varnedoe, Charles Verni, Lizzie Watts, Morgan Wills, Johnny Wheatley, Emily Woolley, Camille Yvert

there are systems within systems overlapping with and connected to other systems composed of individuals. the intersection of these systems within a physical space created its own temporary sub system. as the physical space is removed the sub system loses none of its components. on the 6th april we will have a final merging of system before diffusing into our larger collective.
it has been wonderful.

 

 

Residency: India IIFA Artist Residency

Each year, four RDS alumni are sent for a three-month residency at IIFA (International Institute of Fine Arts in Modinagar, India), both as artists and as drawing tutors, working with the institute’s foundation-level students. For the Drawing School’s alumni this is an exciting and valuable opportunity to develop their artistic practice in a new and stimulating environment. It challenges them as drawing tutors to find ways of overcoming differences in language as well as in artistic and educational heritage to teach drawing from observation to a group of young students for whom this skill has not formed a significant part of their art education. For the students at IIFA, the residency is an opportunity to learn drawing from a group of talented young artists who have themselves been taught by the Drawing School’s distinguished faculty of practicing artists and who have developed their own teaching skills as tutors to the children attending the School’s Royal Drawing Clubs. This unique international educational partnership expresses the determination of both organisations to provide a rich mix of opportunities for their students.

In the Himalayas

In the Himalayas

I was selected along with Christabel Forbes, Tyga Helme and Matthew Cunningham. Over the three months we travelled, lived, worked and taught together and it was wonderful. 

Colour workshop for the painting degree students at IIFA, Modinagar, India

Colour workshop for the painting degree students at IIFA, Modinagar, India

The four of us ended up teaching the whole art school; foundation, painters, applied arts and fashion trying to invigorate their practice with new ideas and techniques.

We also spent some time at Sanskriti Kendra in New Delhi. This is an artist residency with live/work studios and we exhibited our work there at the end. 

Here are some of the pictorial highlights of the residency:

Modelling and teaching 60 foundation year students, IIFA

Modelling and teaching 60 foundation year students, IIFA

Christabel and the Holy Men, Gangotri

Christabel and the Holy Men, Gangotri

Indian wedding near Modinagar

Indian wedding near Modinagar

Diwali in the Himalays; villages gleefully watch a man spinning and jumping over burning logs 

Diwali in the Himalays; villages gleefully watch a man spinning and jumping over burning logs 

A group of children discover me drawing on a patch of wasteland in Modinagar. Before I know it, I'm surrounded...

A group of children discover me drawing on a patch of wasteland in Modinagar. Before I know it, I'm surrounded...

Residency: Westminster Abbey 2016

February - August 2016

This residency at Westminster Abbey gave me the opportunity to spend an extended period in this amazing, historical building. I wondered in and out of the Abbey at will, drawing under towering tombs and behind roped off areas. Often I would stay from opening to evensong, dropping in a few days here and there amongst my other commitments.

A selection of drawings in my studio after a few weeks into the residency

A selection of drawings in my studio after a few weeks into the residency

I found it incredibly challenging drawing the interior because Westminster Abbey is not like those Dutch Golden Age paintings of huge open spaces but is segmented into many little chapels, all crowded with tombs, stonework and memorials. In some corners it was almost too dark to draw as I turned my board from the hoards of tourists passing through each day. 

After some months I became aware of what really caught my attention and my pencil, which was the aisle around the shrine of Edward the Confessor and the surrounding chapels and much of my work is focussed there.