The Painting Year 2: Lucy Hensel & Liz Rose - 3D virtual exhibition by The Essential School of Painting

The Painting Year 2: Lucy Hensel & Liz Rose

Tue, 09/07/2021 to Mon, 02/07/2022

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Liz graduated just before the pandemic hit, and has taken full advantage of the opportunity to expand her practice and learn under the support of the ESOP tutors over the last year of lockdown, reflecting on the impact of the pandemic in her work and developing a new body of work in the context of the strange and uncertain times we inhabit.

I grew up in Montreal, and except for eight years in Germany and Switzerland, I have always lived in Canada – until 2009 when I began splitting my calendar year between Ottawa and London. Thanks to Zoom and the speed with which ESOP adapted their teaching strategies to accommodate London’s Covid-related lock-down-regulations in 2020-21, I have been able to attend three terms of ESOP courses, even from quarantine locations or from Canada.

While painting, like most people I suppose, I discover new aspects of myself and retrieve impressions from my past, all the while I am entering new worlds. Another good reason for me to paint is to let go of my conscious self, to exercise my curiosity and imagination while experimenting with oils and acrylics and various tools. And another is very basic: I love moving colours across a surface to create shapes and lines. Increasingly over the past few years, I’ve been intrigued to see what figures and stories appear on my canvas or paper during the process.

This year, with Dan Coombs’ guidance and encouragement, I often started a new canvas using collages or cut-outs taken from random sources or from my own drawings. This strategy is evident in several of my paintings in this show. The combination of chance placing and focused positioning of figures/objects in relationship to each other led to ‘adventures’ that usually defied logic and understanding; the work proceeded down new pathways which were intriguing, sometimes exciting, and occasionally open-ended.

Certainly, the two full-year ESOP courses this year taught by Dan Coombs and Melissa Kime were very stimulating for me, triggering new insights and ideas by introducing and discussing innumerable and wide-ranging artists - current and past, their work, strategies and intentions. The challenge is to take at least some of this information and these ideas as catalysts to inform my own work over the months and years ahead, to stimulate, propel and expand my creativity and my imagine

Liz Rose is a multi-disciplinary artist working predominantly with painting and printmaking, although drawing is also central to her practice. Liz is a recent graduate from BA Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and was awarded the Newman Young Artist Scholarship to study at the ESOP over the last year. Her work exists in liminal spaces, building narratives that traverse the boundaries between memory, imagination and observation, offering voyeuristic glances into worlds constructed of the surreal every day, intertwined with inspiration from cinema and art history.

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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