b. 1994 in London. I graduated from City & Guilds of London Art School in 2017 with First Class Honours. My paintings are informed by my everyday experiences and observations. They are autobiographical; sometimes confessional, sometimes irreverent and frequently handled with a humorous sense of pathos. I focus on situations that either involve me, or others that I have witnessed, in public and private moments that pass by as unremarkable, at a glance. But documenting these unreported tragedies in paint is, for me, an act of discovery. I want my imagery to feel familiar to as many people as possible; to draw out the ridiculous comedy of certain shared rituals and behaviours. I begin by recording things I see (or recall) in simple line drawing to economise on the essence of the situation. I have created simplified humanoid characters, which lend a sort of parody of the real world in the way that cartoons do. These avatars have oversized heads and are hermetically sealed by an absence of facial features, which is an exaggerated reflection on human interaction in the post digital age – these figures appear idiotically isolated, but adorned with earpieces, branded items of clothing and objects that are important to consumption and communication. I use the visual language of branding and interplay between graphic and painterly surfaces to create optical confusion, echoing the way that our real and digital lives are merged.Locked Pro Plan feature
The Fine Art BA (Hons) degree is one of the most challenging and creative courses you can study. Contemporary and historical skills, theories and materials; art histories; visual and contextual research; entrepreneurship and project management: at City & Guilds of London Art School we genuinely take time to support and challenge you in all these areas, enabling you to achieve exceptional results and move on to professional practice or further study with confidence and experience. We don’t believe in a ‘house style’; this is an Art School where, with focus and ambition, you can fully explore ways of making and thinking, and develop your own artistic ‘voice’. This three-year full time course is validated by Birmingham City University’s School of Art; regular checks by the Quality Assurance Agency confirm the standard of our provision and our external examiners attest to our consistently high standards and results.
An annual award has been initiated in memory of Idun Ravndal, a Norwegian painter who graduated from the City & Guilds of London Art School in 1994. As a painter, Idun was inspired equally by the scenic grandeur of her native land and by the particular wilderness character of Iceland, but applications are not limited to students of Painting. Both Norway and Iceland are rich in Viking history and both conservators and carvers must be interested in the prospect of a working visit. The value of the award is £1,000 and the travel must be either to Iceland or Norway. Students should submit a project for competitive appraisal in a carefully documented form. The purpose of the project and its particular relevance to past and future work will be of especial concern. Particulars of duration and specific destinations must be included, together with a realistic and detailed estimation of all costs likely to be incurred.
The Skinners’ Company Philip Connard Travel Prize This award in memory of Philip Connard CVO RA, a British artist who worked at Lambeth School of Art (which later became the City & Guilds of London Art School), was set up in 1959 through the Art Memorial Trust which was founded anonymously. It is awarded annually by a panel from the Skinners’ Company to a 2nd year Painting student.
The Painters’ Company Scholarship Scheme was established in 2012 to support undergraduate students every year at London Art Colleges. Each student receives £5,000 annually from the beginning of their second year until they complete their undergraduate studies, and they are known as a Painters’ Company Scholar. The students are selected entirely on merit and this is the meritocratically awarded scholarship for art students in London today. In addition to the financial award, these students will receive support and encouragement from the Company in other ways – mentoring, advice on specific artistic issues, lectures and perhaps a small exhibition of their work at Painters’ Hall and/or another central London location.