Monday, 12 September 2011

Shelley Park to The Slade

Here are two photographs taken perhaps about five years apart, spanning my student days in the late 1980s to early 1990s.

The one above is of painter Angela Kelly, seen here in her studio space at Shelley Park in Boscombe – where the Bournemouth & Poole College of Art & Design was located in the late 1980s.

This was where we both undertook our foundation course in art prior to going on to our degrees. After this I went to Manchester, and Angela to Wimbledon.

We met up again when we were both accepted as postgraduate students at the Slade in 1989 along with Andy Pankhurst, a fellow student on our foundation at Bournemouth.

The photograph above is interesting in that it clearly shows the influence of the Slade painting style, which we got from our tutors at Bournemouth – such as Peter Malone and Howard Brown.

Painting in flat colour, with plumb-lines to carefully measure proportion are signatures of a methodology that appears to me to be quite rare these days. It is perhaps sometimes emulated, but we were privileged to have Slade-trained tutors at Bournemouth, and then to go on to study at the Slade ourselves to painstakingly learn these techniques from first principles.

The second photograph shows some of the work in my postgraduate show at the Slade in 1991. This was held at the Courtauld Institute then sited at Russell Square in Bloomsbury.

After this show I was privileged to spend a further, non-diploma, year at the Slade.

I've got my friend and fellow Bournemouth student Cecilia Kallergis Penn to thank for both of these rare photographs.

Friday, 2 September 2011

Series – Stour 3

Here is the next in my summer series of the Stour.

The position, view and composition are very similar to the previous painting, but the weather for this one was fine and sunny, though not blazing hot considering it was high summer.

Looking back on this now, as the leaves outside begin to turn, it certainly gives me a strong impression of the full bloom of summer.