I currently have a piece of work exhibited at the newly refurbished The Gallery in Holt, as part of the East Anglian Artists Open 2019. Every year the prestigious Institute of East Anglian Artists hold an Open competition in which any local artists can enter up to three pieces of work. The highly talented IEA judging panel then selects pieces to be brought to the gallery for a second judging. The final pieces are then curated into a wonderful exhibition held at The Gallery for the public to come and view. I have been lucky enough to make it through to the final exhibition, along side some other incredible local artists and I highly recommend taking a look! I am also really excited to have been selected to become a Provisional member of the Institute of East Anglian Artists.
The piece that I have exhibited is from a shoot I did over summer, of a friend from school. The subject has such incredible freckles and fire-red hair that it suited my rich, warm colour palette perfectly. I cropped in tightly to enhance the detailing and intensity of the gaze of my subject.
Since June 2019 I have been hand making all of my own canvas stretchers, stretching the canvas over them and priming them myself. This for me, gives such quality and heaviness to the work itself and allows me to have full control of the overall look of the work. This takes some time to do, but is very rewarding once you see the finished piece. The floating frame was also handmade by me and my talented partner (hopefully he can teach me how to do them by myself eventually, but for now its a two man job!) and then it is hand-painted.
Please do go and see the exhibition if you have time, it is well worth a look.