Part 4, research point 1 – painters of tondos

The task suggests looking at some of the artists mentioned in the introduction to this part of the module and so I began by searching for Iain Andrews as his is the first name in the text. It sits next to an illustration of one of his pieces of work but as this is undated and has no title, it wasn’t retrievable. Other works of his seem not to be in this format but have a similar style – surrealistic images and allusions to content evidently equated with Freud’s analytic theories. Andrews is an art psychotherapist (not a psychologist as … Continue reading Part 4, research point 1 – painters of tondos

Part 4, project 3, research point 1 – looking at landscapes

There isn’t an explicit task to this other than to take a look at various kinds of landscapes from the surrealist oddities of Dali, Ernst, and de Chirico; the less dream-like but emotional and somewhat personal work of Nash and Sutherland; and to take another tilt at German Expressionism and Symbolism via Nolde, Klimt, Moreau, Bakst, and Kahlo. One of the first genres of painting to attract my somewhat sci-fi focused attention was surrealism. It looked out of this world, an imaginarium of weirdness that seemed aspirational. It’s hard to put my finger on it, but I think Dali’s 1931 … Continue reading Part 4, project 3, research point 1 – looking at landscapes

Part 3, research point 1 – self portraits

The brief is to research self portraits by various artists over a broad time span and to focus on five or six that appeal. The notes are to include comments on whether or not the artist portrays themselves in the process of painting/as an artist along with thoughts about what the purpose of the portrait might be and the impression the artist may be trying to convey. This is very similar to a research point in the drawing module where I looked at Rembrandt, van Gogh, Frieda Kahlo, and Paula Rego. I decided to revisit that post to see if … Continue reading Part 3, research point 1 – self portraits

Colour theory revisited – Part 2, research point 1

I’m coming back to this after a few months’ break while finishing the Drawing1 module and my understanding of how to tackle these research areas has grown, along with my ability to process and retain something of art’s back story. The purpose of this research point is to discover more about Chevreul’s role in the development of colour theory and look to see who and how this has influenced in their practice of painting. My first stop was a paper by Georges Roque (Chevreul’s colour theory and its consequences for artists, 2011) which details the manner of Chevreul’s insightful discovery … Continue reading Colour theory revisited – Part 2, research point 1

Part 1, Research Point 1, Chiaroscuro

I came across the term chiaroscuro¬†many years ago and subsequently forgot what it meant then confused it with sgraffito.¬†A little analysis would have clarified that, given the latter’s close approximation to graffiti. Chiaroscuro is about light and the use of paint to create that illusion on canvas. Sister Wendy Beckett (Beckett, 2001) notes an early example of this (see above) and makes the link back from this Roman piece to Hellenistic art. I find this painting startling in its realism; representational without being frozen. It looks alive. The small glass vase in particular has a fragility to it, and a … Continue reading Part 1, Research Point 1, Chiaroscuro