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THE PAINTING YEAR 2 Gillian Harding & Gwen Ovshinsky - 3D virtual exhibition by The Essential School of Painting

THE PAINTING YEAR 2 Gillian Harding & Gwen Ovshinsky

Di, 09/07/2021Mo, 02/07/2022

curated by:

GILLIAN HARDING
I am an artist inspired by nature and people.
This body of work ‘Out of Black’ came about by throwing Chinese ink onto paper and canvases. These random marks gave me something unexpected to respond to and develop into pictorial scenes.

GWEN OVSHINSKY
My love of painting grew out of my interest in art history. Following studying for a degree and an MA in art history from Birkbeck College London I became a student at the Essential School of Painting and this is where I am continuing my painting studies.
My paintings reflect my interest in escaping from the confines of dull everyday realities. My paintings often incorporate visual references or themes from art history, especially mythological paintings, as well as referencing popular culture, such as folk tales, fairy stories, and imagery from popular media. My work is figurative, and my interest is in expressive and imaginative responses to these narratives, often using a magical realist style. My aim is to present my subject matter as something that feels magically transformed from the everyday. Contemporary artists whose work exploits the possibilities of a different aesthetic from ‘objective’ depictions of reality are also a key influence, such as Eileen Cooper, Jean Dubuffet, Michael Armitage.

THE PAINTING YEAR 2 is for artists looking to advance their practice, developing their skills and content whilst being guided by experienced and celebrated painters Dan Coombs, Melissa Kimes and Guy Allott. Much of the work was produced this year via Zoom over lockdown when the tutors and artists still managed brilliantly to find ways to work from imagination, photography, story-telling and other sources. The Painting Year 2 had two groups on different days Tuesdays and Wednesdays. The artists actively engaged with contemporary and art historical themes plus painting language, opening doors to untried possibilities

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