For the creation of the final works, I collect a variety of different source material. I work with lens based media, screens, computer animation, 3d render imagery, photo archives, and creative emotive language symbols like emoji. A lot of the visual content swings towards a mixture of modern pop culture, technological advance, social media platforms, conflict, and environmental issues.
Come and visit our summer shop in The SE9 Container Gallery! To celebrate the work of Year 11 art students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School we are making prints, flyers and badges with images of their artwork. Collect your favourites at the Year 11 Summer Exhibition open every Saturday from 11-3pm until Saturday 15th July!
Join us for our last private view of the academic year revealing the Year 11 Summer Exhibition! All are welcome at this free event featuring the work of all graduating Year 11 Art students at St Thomas More Catholic Comprehensive School.
Included in the exhibition are many of the students’ final pieces from both exam and coursework projects as well as their preparatory drawings. This gives great insight for younger students considering Art as a GCSE subject. We wish all the leaving students success and fulfilment in their future artistic endeavours and hope you enjoy the exhibition.
Artwork by Year 11 student Katherine Duffy
Precision of Thought – Group Show
Saturday 22nd April – Saturday 27th May 2017
Private View – Thursday 27th April 5-8pm
Louisa Chambers, Chris Daniels, Lisa Denyer, Andrew Graves, Trevor Sutton, James Faure Walker, Jonathan Waller, Anthony Whishaw, Gary Wragg.
‘To draw is to make an idea precise. Drawing is the precision of thought.’ – Henri Matisse.
James Elkins in correspondence with John Berger wrote that drawing is the ‘invaluable record of the encounter of a moving, thinking hand with the mesmerising space of potential forms that it simply called a “blank sheet of paper”.’ Drawing was once considered in the Western academic tradition, to be the foundation of art education, and the mother of all the arts. The importance placed on drawing has been abandoned by most art schools as an irrelevant activity of a time past. John Elderfield in 1982 described drawing as the most resistant of all the modern arts to define. This exhibition takes its focus from the way in which eight painters individually approach drawing.
John Berger in his essay Life-Drawing (1960) wrote that ‘drawing is discovery’, for Gary Wragg often drawing is used in a way that opens new discoveries. Bryan Robertson stated in 1979 that in ‘his best paintings art seems to take images from his inner life by surprise, and it is Wragg’s strength as an artist that he transforms the elusive event into a rich visual celebration’. James Faure Walker works digitally and with water based paint on a loose sensual level, concentrating on what the paint and colour is doing and trying to discover a kind of unity within the artwork. For Walker and Wragg, there is an intention for the works to be deliberately ambivalent and open for interpretation, structured so they can be pieced together by the spectator’s imagination in several ways. The structures and figures in Andrew Graves work hover over off-white grounds, there is often a suggestion of an interpretation, a collapsed or dismantled box, an architectural model, a building, but it also suggests and engages with the speed or slowness of its making, provisional attempts at structure, and a reflection on colour theory.
In Anthony Whishaw’s work there seems to be a constant ‘knife edge’ between figuration and abstraction, the works offer ‘a parallel experience to reality rather than a description of it’. This parallel experience can be seen in the two drawings on show, they offer up to the viewer’s eye several readings. The works on show seems to conjure up a kind of architectural space, such as doors, corridors and windows. These created spaces animate the surface and direct the eye in and out of the surface of the paper. Louise Chambers has also been using drawing as a means of discovery. Drawing’s role has started to be a catalyst for the development of new areas of investigation. Her latest works on paper have been produced from a series of temporary sculptures that she has drawn from. These initial drawings became water based paintings, in the transformation between the drawing and painting a synthesis happens on the card that makes the art work something completely surprising and new. In the English language, the word draw comes from the old Saxon word dragan which means to drag. Lisa Denyer articulates the surface and space within her works by dragging elements such as card or painted paper across the surface into place. Denyer does not have any initial idea sketched out, she builds the painting up through improvisatory acts.
In his 1857 book The Elements of Drawing John Ruskin wrote, ‘everything that you see, in the world around you, presents itself to your eyes only as an arrangement of patches of different colours, variously shaded.’ Trevor Sutton has been working on paintings lately that are like breaths of colour. He creates small working drawings, and then delicately works on the final painting improvising and making changes as he proceeds. Chris Daniels makes small drawings in paint that act as peremptory sketches for some of the more designed paintings, these concentrate on the arrangement of marks and the colour interaction. The drawings in the exhibition by Jonathan Waller come from a body of work called ‘The Seven Ages of Man’. Both pieces in the exhibition are on paper, and have some level of painting involved within their process. Many preparatory drawing are made to formulate an idea and through this research an idea for a final image is arrived at. Waller starts by working in charcoal, creating an initial composition of the figure, he then uses a water based paint to create the beginning of the areas of colour. This obliterates the charcoal drawing until only a fraction of it is left. He then builds up the drawing with fine pastels, gradually refining the drawing.
Pictured: James Faure Walker, Art Workers Table, 2015
Saturday 18th March 2-3pm
The SE9 Container Gallery is delighted to host a screening of eight short animated films. The event will showcase the work of talented animators and directors in order to inspire and inform visitors about independent animation. The screening will take place in the SE9 Container Gallery on Saturday 18th March from 2-3pm amongst the exhibition Shadow Play. The films will be introduced by Maria Sams, our Artist in Residence and current exhibitor.
This animation screening will feature the work of award-winning animators and exciting emerging talent. All are welcome for this free event!
Going West – Andersen M Studio Commissioned by Colenso BBDO for the New Zealand Books Council, this award-winning stop frame animation brings to life Maurice Gee’s classic New Zealand novel Going West.
We Got Time – David Wilson This mesmerizing music video for Moray McLaren features an animation device from early cinema: the praxinoscope.
White out – Jeffrey Scher Composed of approximately 2,250 watercolour paintings on paper, this beautiful film depicts a collection of wintry scenes.
New Friends/ Mood Swings – Steph Hope Filled with humour and colour, these two short films portray characters in awkward situations. Made from a series of hand drawn images, Steph Hope combines traditional techniques with modern style.
Bubbles – Maria Sams Made using an overhead projector and paper cut-outs, this innovative animation tells the story of a lonely scientist and her childhood toy.
Next of Kin – Gemma Yin Taylor and Connor Gilhooly This tactile stop-motion music video for Canadian band Alvvays, combines paint and collage techniques to repurpose found imagery.
Bye Bye Dandelion – Isabel Garret Winner of the Best Animation award at ScreenTest’s: National Student Film Festival (2015), this short film uses a mixture of handmade puppetry and CGI animation to reveal a heart-warming narrative about friendship.
Success – Hannah Jacobs and Lara Lee A thought provoking animation about the nature of success, created for The School of Life and based on a short piece of writing by Alain de Botton.