Each artist has been commissioned to create a completely new work for the exhibition on the theme of time, working with any medium and on any canvas apart from their usual surface of skin. The resulting collections ranges from oil painting, watercolours and traditional Japanese silk painting to paint layering on real skills, air brush and bronze sculpture. "
Though the content of the gallery does not necessary relate to any of the projects I am working on at the moment, it was a refreshing show which cleared my mind. These images I will mostly be using as references of inspiration for further illustrations, you never know what it could influence!
The show as a whole, though very small, was well curated. I liked the fact that all the pieces within the space tie back to the same topic of time. It interested me how a series of artists could produce so many different interpretations of the subject and then execute in such a meticulous and detailed manor. It makes you appreciate the individuality of the creative mind within each individual.
In addition, I was greatly inspired by the skill and technique employed using different media. In particular the pencil drawings, as this is a medium I work in a lot when illustrating. The different markings, textures and shades created so much depth and detail that it makes me thing that the graphite pencil is incredibly underrated. Furthermore, it has made me want to get out my watercolours again.
Sometimes as a graphic designer, you get stuck using the same software techniques because it is at your disposal, its less time consuming and within your comfort zone. However before being a Graphic Designer, I was fundamentally an artist. Over the years I have lost my creativity in traditional media whilst trying to keep skills up to date with technology. As a result of this exhibition, I will make a conscious effort over this academic year and beyond, to go back to my roots and get messy with paint and charcoal and polish up my skills.
Overall, it was a jolly good morning in London Town, though the skies were not favourable, and I will be keeping an eye out for further exhibitions at Somerset House. For now though...back to the research....