Supportive drawings

Before continuing with my second final piece i made some drawings as i felt this was a very successful way of helping me develop my first composition. This time i made them in Acrylic and Inks. I feel as though the one made in Acrylic went a little brown and murky, however i am drawn to the red ink painting. There’s something interesting about a subtle change in tone but keeping to a single hue colour pallet over all. This subtle tonal change also allows for greater ambiguity between the figure and the surrounding scene. A confusion as to where the figures end and the trees begin.


Barthelemy Toguo


Toguo ink drawings show fluidity and it as though he has been working with wet on wet. His depictions seems to show the body as an entity linked to other beings through networks and roots, showing heads as profiles vomiting or swallowing entrails with limbs, feet and hands splayed out and pinned down with nails. I like the way his watercolours spread out and dissolve and become more dense in certain areas, there is an acceptance of the inevitable and the uncontrolled working together. We can see a repetition of red and green hues throughout his work which is apparently meant to represent the pains and pleasures of mortal existence.

Abstract Expressionism

Abstract Expressionism is often characterised by gestural brush marks and the impression of spontaneity. Although their work is abstract it is also expressive and emotional in its effect. Many worked under the idea that the art must come from the unconscious mind, and many were inspired by the automatism of artist Joan Miró.

Pollock and Kooning were abstract expressionist painters that worked with a certain amount of spontaneity using large brushes to create gestural strokes. Pollock would work from the ground and ‘dance’ around it, which is something that i would like to bring into my own practice. Action painters have been described as directly placing “their inner impulses onto the canvas.”. Painters like Mark Rothko and Barnett Newman concerned with religion and myth, creating simple compositions of large areas of colour in order to conjure a meditational response in the viewer. Rothko shows an abstraction through chroma, and uses colour as a tool of communication.

Willem de Kooning compositions are light in colour and he seems to use a lot of pastel palettes. I enjoy the softness of his colour pallet in comparison with his violent application of paint to the canvas. This is something to consider when making my final piece’s. 


Pollocks work is described as an exemplar of gestural abstraction, he works through pouring paints with extreme physicality and his work is said to reflect the artist’s inner mind. He creates many many layers and drips of paint which creates a highly textural surface over the canvas.


Rothko shows an abstraction through chroma, and uses colour as a tool of communication.


Chris Cunningham


Rubber Johnny is a project by artist Chris Cunningham and although the imagery from this is rather disturbing and at the same time humorous  i also feel inspired by his photoshop bodies. These amalgamated forms are extremely ambiguous although you definitely get the impression that you are looking at some sort of genital area. He has completely distorted and dissected the human form to an unrecognisable degree. I don’t think i want to push my imagery to this point but i feel it was important to consider it.

Chantal Joffe


Chantal Joffe’s paintings are visceral yet figurative. I’m drawn to her painting style because she shows so much confidence in a single brushstroke, she explains so much to the viewer just through a limited number of blocky heavily loaded marks which are often enclosed by an expressionistic outline. what i find discomforting about her work is that the portraits don’t always seem to belong to the figures, as though they are wearing masks. She has a direct and liquidy painting style and i really love this quality in her work.

Louise Bourgeois



Bourgeois uses her emotions as a raw material which she converted into extraordinary imagery. Her work was self excavating  and involved with psychoanalysis, inspired by dreams and childhood memories of family conflicts and attuned with primordial emotions of fear, jealousy and rage. She communicates through using the body as a language, using it as a whole or in parts she shows sexually charged imagery from a female perspective. She declared herself an Existentialist and thereby aligned herself with the work of Giacometti. Bourgeois use of repetition is powerful and strengthens the notion of dynamism that is shown through the bleeding of the ink. Her simple almost child-like depictions of the figure also shows a mature ambiguity of narrative and the dissection of the figure creates a feeling of discomfort to the viewer as we are reminded of our own pieces and part, of the bodies knowledge of self. This is something that I would like to achieve in my work.


starting another composition


I have now started to work on a composition for my 3rd final piece. From working on a previous ink drawing i decided that i like the effect of over-layering figures directly over each other in a slightly adjusted position, suggesting one figures movement traces caught in suspense on the surface of the canvas. I do however feel that i have made the background too yellow which is very distracting to paint over, i have therefore had to go back over the painting in a white tone just to neutralise the composition and knock everything back. Again i am continuing with the notion of using the figures to fill the composition of the canvas and compress them against the edges of the frame, i feel this adds a lot of tension to the piece.