Wednesday, 15 December 2010

2nd Year Fine Art Degree show

Just a few bits from the exhibition yesterday.
Which was a very good exhibition I might add!
Great show, great variety and quality of work.
Works shown are of University of Westminster 2nd Year Fine Art Students. (2010)

Monday, 13 December 2010

Finally... a body of work that I am happy with

So here's what I will be showing at the Fine Art show tomorrow night.

I wanted to move away from my designs for typical tattoos and take this to another level. Looking back through my experimentations, I found that the most successful experiments were the laser jet works with pen and ink. Still being influenced by the history of tattooing, I decided to create images out of work that was also linked with the history of art. For example I began splicing and changing the compositions of works of art to make something new and unfamiliar yet interesting and sometimes humorous to look at. The work hopefully now makes the viewer think more about where the images I have used have derived from and what meanings are behind each collage.

Skulls play a huge part in the history of art, representing mortality of a human being and memento mori, also a subject used by many artists, such as Cezanne and Picasso.
I decided to work on semi-translucent plastic because of its reference to skin. This material is also very fascinating to work on and provides two views of the work from both the front and back of the composition, therefore I hung the pieces on 10 inch nails so that they would stick out from the wall and show off the aesthetic qualities of the material.

I think the show starts at about 4:00 tomorrow (14th Dec) till aboutt 9:00ish i reckon. J
At westminster Uni (Harrow) in the Fine Art bit of the tent.
Feel free to come and have a look around.
Loads of cool work there.

Sunday, 21 November 2010

Less than 3 weeks to go...

Here's what I plan to do for my final assessment.

Painting in acrylic on PPsheet.

PPSheet I think stands for Polypropylene sheet.
The type I'm using is a clear, frosted plastic to symbolise and look like skin.

I'm getting the effect I want using very thick paint and brush strokes and having my collages as the subject matter. Bit worried because the material I used was hard to get hold of so the plastic I've now got is slightly different AND this painting is actually my fave one out of all the collages.
I want to do about 4 or 5 paintings so can't really use this in the set...

Also done a few more collage experimentations.
Thinking of just using skulls to collage with because this is such a huge subject matter in fine art. Been looking a lot into gothic as an image as well. The idea that my piece is no longer 'Tattoo Art' but art inspired by tattoo artists.

Friday, 12 November 2010

Afew of my favourites...

Some of what I've already been doing. Making tattoo designs through collage, using popular fine art images. These are a few of my favourites. Thinking of painting some designs today at Uni on transparent plastic using acrylic paint.

 Elizabeth Peyton and Paul Cezanne

Mike Nelson and David Shrigley
Designs using pencil

 Glenn Brown

Here's one of my designs on Vellum Paper. Experimenting with a frame. I think the frame will help finish the design off as tattoo art. Might put a funny little line on the 'plaque' of the frame, Just to make it a little more interesting and humourous.

Thursday, 11 November 2010

Damn you Assessment!!

Sooo... I had a mid-term assessment. Didn't go quite as planned, not terrible but now I'm not quite sure what I need to do next with the image aspect of my work.
My tutor suggested that my images should be different to how typical tattoo images look. Decided to go from a fine art angle. I've started by experimenting with putting popular classical images together, to make up new compositions for prospective tattoo designs.

Thinking of bordering these collages with 'antique frame' designs.
Also got a few more designs at Uni which I'll put up later....

Sunday, 31 October 2010

New Tat Designs

Just been designing designs recently. I want to make a latex tattoo book. A spin on the books found in all tattoo stores. I've also seen something of Eva Hesse's that is kind of the effect I want my book to look like.
I'm thinking rugged aesthetic, again to link in with the tattoo's I will be drawing inside.

Eva Hesse, From book 'Studio work' - Latex, cheesecloth, cloth-covered wire, rubber

'Smoking Skull' and 'Rock n Roll' Tats are faves out of these images. I like the originality of the Kiss tattoo design and it may look better in colour.

Art Foundation Year

Not going to write too much about my foundation year other than... it was amazing :)
Loved every second of it. Here's a little taster of what I did...

Animal heart, Ice, Wool Installation

Time Piece's

Plaster cast animal foot prints

Ink insect prints on paper and Aluminium etchings

Mixed media Wasp images

Collographs                                                   Mixed Media, 'Memory' pieces