Bruce Gilden- 10th May

After thinking about the scale of my work and deciding to go for a large scale, the artist Bruce Gilden came to mind. As you can see in the images below, Gilden’s work is absolutely brilliant and powerful. I am so intrigued by Bruce Gilden’s images and for me personally, they bring about feelings of melancholy due to the fact that the people in the image look withered and unhappy; they aren’t necessarily conventionally attractive, however Bruce Gildon does state that his work is all about the idea of beauty being in the eye of the beholder. I strongly believe in this saying, which first appeared in the 3rd century BC in Greek. It didn’t appear in its current form in print until the 19th century, but in the meantime there were various written forms that expressed much the same thought. Furthermore, I like the fact that these images stick in my head due to the harsh colours and the piercing eyes, which make you feel as though you are being stared out.

The reason for Bruce Gilden coming to mind is due to the way he displays his work, as you can see he prints out his images really large, and I personally feel that this helps to bring out the character in each of the individuals. Furthermore, my Dad, who I will be painting onto an 8ft x 4ft board, has the same coloured skin tone to the people in the images below; red and textured and I have decided to use a variety of different tones to highlight the roughness of the skin.


As you can see, the photographs effectively go well together; creating a bold statement 



I love the expression on this man’s face and the viens, which are running across the guys face get my attention and make me feel slightly uncomfortable. 

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This man looks to have been in some sort of fight; makes me feel curious to know more about who he is and what he did to get beaten so badly.


This lady’s bold eyes are striking, as though they are piercing into the back of my head when I look away and so I am forced to keep staring at her. I love how Bruce has really shown a sense of ageing in his images and he makes me think about what I might look like as I get older. 



Artist Research-Vincent Van Gogh- 5th May


“If you hear a voice within you say ‘you cannot paint,’ then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced.”

I have recently been looking at the Artist called Vincent Van Gogh, who is thought to have been one of the greatest dutch artists after Rembrandt. I became intrigued by his work after seeing some of his famous pieces of work at the Tate in London. 
Vincent van Gogh was born on March 30, 1853, in Groot-Zundert, Netherlands. Van Gogh was a post-impressionist painter whose work, notable for its beauty, emotion and color, highly influenced 20th century art. He struggled with mental illness, and remained poor and virtually unknown throughout his life. Van Gogh died in France on July 29, 1890, at age 37, from a self-inflicted gunshot wound.
As it states above, Van Gogh died in a tragic way, and I personally believe that his mental struggles had some sort of contribution to his popularity in today’s society.

‘Starry Night’

I love the movement displayed in the painting above and the cool tones, bring about a feeling of calmness .


When I look at the image above, I immediately think of a warm breeze, due to the movement of the brush strokes in the painting, which have a strong sense of dynamism to them.


After doing some background research on the painting above, I learnt that Vincent painted a series of four sunflower paintings, which were intended to be used as a decoration for Gogh’s friend, who lived in the so called Yellow- House, where Gogh and Gauguin worked together between October and December 1888.
The dying flowers are built up with thick brushstrokes (impasto). The impasto evokes the texture of the seed-heads. Van Gogh produced a replica of this painting in January 1889, and perhaps another one later in the year. The various versions and replicas remain much debated among Van Gogh scholars. 

Bryan Charnley – May 3rd


Bryan John Charnley was born on 20th September 1949 in Stockton on Tees. He is one of the twins. He stayed with his parents in London, Chislehurst in Kent, Cranfield, where his father worked as a Senior Lecturer, and finally in Bromham near Bedford. He was a talented painter right from his young age. In the summer of 1968, aged 18, he suffered his first nervous breakdown, but he was able to complete a pre-diploma course in art at Leicester school of art later that year. He gained admission at Central School of Art and Design in Holborn, London in 1969 but was not able to complete the course due to another nervous breakdown which was later diagnosed as acute schizophrenia. He lived with his parents for six years from 1971-77 undergoing various treatments including ECT (ElectroConvulsive Therapy or Electroshock Therapy).

I have recently been intrigued by the artist called Bryan Charnley, a man who sadly committed suicide. In the process of his depression and mental breakdown, he managed to express his feelings through painting, which I think is absolutely fascinating despite John’s tragic history of nervous breakdowns his battle with acute schizophrenia.

As you can see below, Bryan was facing a variety of mental issues and it shows throughout his collection of self- portraits. I’m still undecided as to whether I like his style of painting but I am more interested in the idea behind the painting and I am curious about the thought process behind each of Bryan’s pieces of work.

In my final piece, I hope to create a sense of emotion through my painting technique and the style of brush markings, which should express a sense of maybe anger or excitement.


Contemporary Artist-YUE MINJUNO- 1st May


‘What was important to me was the creation part of painting. But it seems that something has changed. Maybe it’s the way money is becoming more important in society. I’m actually trying to make sense of the world. There’s nothing cynical or absurd in what I do. At first you think he’s happy, but when you look more carefully, there’s something else there. A smile doesn’t necessarily mean happiness; it could be something else.”-Yoe Minjun


As you can see in the painting above, Yoe Minjun has in fact painted himself, with a huge grin across his face. Due to the style and the subject of Munjun’s work, some critiques label him as part of the Cynical Realism movement, however Munjun has mentioned in previous interviews, that he does not like to be labelled into any sort of movement or school.

I personally like the fact that Munjun’s first pieces of work were at first, based around self- expression before he built -up his own style.

In my own work, I feel like I have gone down the same route and my final piece will hopefully represent my own style, which I have picked up after having the opportunity to explore what I am capable of, during my time on the course. 

More work by YOE MUJUN pictured below

Whitworth Art Gallery/ The Lowry 29th April

I recently visited the Whitworth Art Gallery in Manchester, where the work of Barbara Brown was being exhibited. Despite my work not really relating to the concept/idea of surface pattern, I still loved looking at her work and it made me think about the set of images, which I originally took in The Tate a few months ago, when I was experimenting, using a longer shutter speed.

I really like the bold patterns of Barbara Brown and her work undeniably reminds me of wallpaper. As you can see, I have uploaded the images repeatedly, as I feel that this effect helps to get a feel of the pattern and how bold and effective it is.

I also noticed that Barbara tends to use colour schemes and pieces the different selections together depending on their colours. Personally, I thought that the pieces of work below where the best due to the size of them put together in the gallery.


Unusually, I’m not drawn to browns, however the pattern below had a retro- type feel to it and it strongly reminded me of an optical illusion.

After I had been to the Whitworth, I decided to go and visit The Lowry, as I have always had a liking for Lowry since I heard the song about him called ‘Matchstick Cats and Dogs’. Furthermore, I love how Lowry manages to capture the variety of different characters within his work, which for me creates a certain sense of humour. The images below; I managed to take just before I got told to stop taking photo’s as pictures were actually prohibited.

Photo Studio- 17th April

As my friend is an extra in some tv programmes, she was due to have her portfolio re- done and so I thought it would be a perfect opportunity to watch the process, so that I could gain a better understanding of a photoshoot. The photoshoot took place at EKA models in Warrington, and is an agency for adult and child modelling as well as acting/extras.

As you can see in the image, there was a variety of different backdrops as well as lots of lighting. The photo’s were taken at a fast pace and the photographer gave out lots of direction for how the model should pose and stand. Although I do not want to be a photographer working like this, I found the experience to be insightful and it helped me understand how a photoshoot runs efficiently within the professional industry.


Continuous Line Drawing- 22nd April

As part of my paintings, I began by creating a quick sketch, which I personally felt would help me when it came to making movements with my paintbrush. I really like the concept of a continuous line drawing, as it helps me to think more about the look of a portrait on a larger scale rather than just focusing on one, single area.

Furthermore, I had been recently looking at some aesthetically -pleasing drawings, as you can see below. As you can see, they all have an individual quality to them and they remind me of a particular wire sculpture, which I created at the start of FAD, and that made me want to try and sketch something inspired by all of these different components of research.


When I compare my drawing to the pieces above, I feel that mine holds a different kind of complexity to it, as some of the lines do not join up and are simply left unjoined.