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The Painting Year: Hagar Basis, Mark McConnell & Uran Apak - 3D virtual exhibition by The Essential School of Painting

The Painting Year: Hagar Basis, Mark McConnell & Uran Apak

Sun, 08/16/2020 to Sun, 01/31/2021

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The Painting Year is for artists looking to advance their practice, developing their skills and content whilst being guided by two experienced and celebrated painters Dan Coombs and Guy Allott. Limited to 12 participants, the course provides artists with a community and mentoring whilst actively engaging with painting language and opening doors to untried possibilities.

HAGAR BASIS hagarbasis_art https://www.instagram.com/hagarbasis_art/
What moves me in painting is that which reflects my own inner journey, a creative vehicle of bringing the ‘inside’ out, my personal expression into the world.
Returning back to painting after a 30-year hiatus has been a liberating experience. As a child I was a prolific drawer, and in the late 1980’s I studied Fine Art and Painting at the Sir John Cass School of Art in Whitechapel. My recent paintings reflect an unfolding of a living process to which I have arrived over many years of working on my unconscious. The paintings evolve within the creative process itself, and often reveal a personal spiritual commentary on my experience which is continually unfolding. I have always been drawn to working with the human figure in painting, predominantly these being aspects of myself. More recently I have been merging figures within a primordial landscape setting which I want to explore further.

URAN APAK Instagram: @uranapak www.uranapak.com
As humans it’s important for us to establish a sense of normality and when we encounter things that don’t neatly fit into our norms we feel unsafe or threatened.
Norms have changed throughout history but images such as aliens, gods, animal-like figures, fantastic beasts, robots and hermaphrodites have always stood on the borders of our society and imagination, occupying a space outside of everyday life but with an undeniable power to stir us deeply. I like to think of these figures as hybrids, transitional beings that exist between realms.
My painting is a performance space where these ‘other’ bodies are welcomed. The hybrids I paint cause me to reflect on their meaning. I want it to be a strange mirror, reflecting of course some aspect of myself I had not discovered before.

MARK McCONNELL
My paintings examine everyday observations and experiences [real or imagined] random sights & sounds from the streets, recurring motifs from childhood and dreams, through the unreliable filter of memory and imagination.
They reference pied wagtails blown around gritty car parks, a falcon soaring over a tower block, the chimes of a lonely ice cream van. They are sometimes allegorical but always from a personal place.
The process begins with drawings from mind and life [the vision clearer without photographic reference]. These are scratchy, unpolished, unfinished. Too resolved and the painting dies prematurely. The drawings are the framework upon which the painting comes to life. Each mark influences the next. I know what I want to paint, how it will feel but not how it will look. Success is elusive but the end result will always contain surprise.
Recent paintings have been influenced by world events and the new and difficult place we find ourselves in, both as individuals and as a society.

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