Here at Cass Art we believe in young emerging artists - they are the artists of the future, after all. We take a look at the talent across the country, delving into the work of the Cass Art Student Ambassadors. Read on to have a nosy into the dynamic painting and printmaking practice happening at art schools this year.
Above: Shapes in a Void- Frankie Graham- acrylic paint & thread- 22 W x 16.5 H inches- 2015
Frankie Graham is currently enrolled in a Portfolio Preparation course at Glasgow Clyde College.
Frankie's artwork is predominantly influenced by urban structures, and the patterns and shapes that they create against the landscape. She delights in experimenting with drawing; putting to use different techniques to create a mark, such as stitching into painting to create a line. She also finds interest in the idea of hiding and revealing shapes, and explores this idea by layering transparent drawings, on surfaces such as acetate or tracing paper. Photography forms another basis of her practice, as she considers how light and shade can change or create pattern. Her current body of work draws inspiration from both the negative spaces and solid matter of the urban landscape, in order to highlight the shapes and patterns which normally go unnoticed.
Find more of Frankie's work here.
Untitled- Lucy Roberts- emulsion, acrylic paint, recycled & found objects on un-stretched canvas- 39.3 W x 35.4 H inches- 2015
Lucy Roberts is in her second year of Fine Art at Kingston University.
Mainly using found materials and acrylic paint, her focus is on surface texture and how different paints and materials can work on different surfaces. Her current work plays on the marriage of different styles; aiming to integrate small detailed watercolours of fish into larger abstract pieces. Lucy counts Anselm Kiefer's incorporation of recycled and found objects into his works' meaning as a huge inspiration.
Find more of her work here.
My family on staircase- Joshua von Uexkull- acrylic on canvas- 19.6 W x 15.7 H inches- 2015
Joshua von Uexkull studies Fine Art at Central Saint Martins.
He is interested in exploring figuration in painting, in particular focusing on the things that a photograph cannot show. This involves a rejection of Western perspective and line, a focus on colour theory, and a focus on the time put into a picture, as opposed to the fractional time of a photograph. He does not limit himself to a single medium, enjoying both the permanency of acrylic, which requires planning, and the flexibility of oil paint, which allows you to constantly transform an image. He works predominantly to a small-scale, and while his work often seeks to depict space, he sees this more as a matter of perspective rather than one of image size. He revels in the challenge of working to this scale, as it forces him to make considered decisions around the available surface and pictorial space. He counts David Hockney as a key influence to his practice, as well as the impressionist painter Edouard Vuillard, who tried to see with just his eyes, without the rational verbal mind that clouds perception.
Find more of his paintings here.
Spaces of Isolation- Sophie Barron- acrylic paint on steel & aluminium- 5.9 W x 5.9 H (2), 11.8 W x 5.9 H- 2015
Sophie Barron currently studies Fine Art at the Chelsea College of Art.
Having an interest in architecture, site and the everyday, she explores the feelings of absence and disconnection which she encounters when visiting public spaces. With a research focus in the practice of psycho-geography, Sophie immerses herself in unfamiliar urban environments, and using photography as a primary medium, captures images which form a basis for her later painted works. Although technology plays a central focus in her creative process, the artist considers her paintings to be the resolution of her practice.
Find more of Sophie's work here.
Untitled- Callum Morley- oil paint, encaustic, spray paint & acrylic on board- 23 W x 29 H x 2 D inches- 2015
Callum Morley is currently studying in the first year of a Fine Art degree at Liverpool John Moores University.
His recent body of work focuses mainly on the physicality of materials and forms. His concepts are ever-changing, but tied together by a desire to communicate powerful messages. He strives to constantly develop and introduce new ways to explore these concepts, and while he identifies primarily as a painter, he has recently began to experiment with new mediums, including film, sound and installation. He is heavily explorative of texture and materials, and looks to the likes of Anselm Kiefer, Gehard Richter and Sigmar Polke to draw influence. He hopes one day to exhibit his work internationally, using it as a tool to reach out to people for reflection and enjoyment.
You can find more examples of his work here.
Reconstructing the Deconstruction- Laura Speirs- paint on paper- 47.2 W x 16.5 H inches- 2015
Laura Speirs is currently studying Painting and Printmaking at the Glasgow School of Art.
Laura's mixed-media practice aims to explore the progression of painting. Taking an experimental approach, she seeks to determine the relevance of painting in society, and works towards the overriding aim of fully immersing the viewer within her work. Working from previous paintings, she questions the integrity of her older work through the method of printing and reproduction. The surface dictates a piece's scale; whether it be a found object, paper or MDF. With a focus on surface and texture she strives to engage and interact with the public; "I walk into some contemporary art galleries, not only to look at the art but to consider people's reactions of the work. I believe art is made to engage, art is a reaction, and some contemporary artists are forgetting this notion”.
Foxgloves- Jessica Withers- watercolour on paper- 11.7 W x 16.5 H inches- 2014
Jessica Withers is studying Fine Art at the Carmarthen School of Art.
She pursues a versatile practice; enjoying experimentation with drawing, painting and printmaking, and delighting in the exploration of colour and line. The human form and natural world are key inspirations for her, though she chooses to avoid the traditional depictions of landscapes. Her focus is instead directed towards objects of nature, such as pinecones and sycamore seeds. Playing with different materials allows her to explore a variety of scales for her work. She prefers to keep her printed pieces relatively small in size, seeing their concentrated outcome as their strength. She retains this control within her painted work, avoiding expressionistic strokes, and conveying a realism in her botanical watercolour studies. She finds the most freedom within her drawing; working onto surfaces from as small as a postage stamp, to large-scale pieces on imperial sized paper, which have filled entire rooms. She counts Albrecht Durer as one of her key inspirations.
Untitled (Military Surplus 2)- Megan Archibald- acetone print & acrylic on paper- 10 W x 15 H inches- 2015
Megan Archibald currently studies Contemporary Art Practice at Gray's School of Art in Aberdeen.
Primarily a painter, she increasingly ventures into simple printmaking and mixed media; incorporating elements such as military surplus maps, old greetings cards, personal letters, and news cuttings into her pieces. 35mm film and Instax photography are obsessions, and a visual journal, stockpiled over many months, helps to build the foundation of much of her work. She explores personal themes; including her hostility towards the city, as well as her own struggles with the idea of home, security and belonging. Her current work explores the locations she discovers as a natural wanderer, in both a figurative and abstract sense. She cites Mark Rothko and Jim Lambie as her biggest inspirations, as well as curio shops, vintage letters and postcards.
Find Megan’s visual diary on Instagram - @doingtheunstuck
Dreamscapes- Taijasi Mishra- photocolours on couch-roll paper- 20 W x 15 H inches- 2015
Taijasi Mishra studies Fine Art at Goldsmiths, University of London.
Her practice is heavily influenced by material and process, and she loves to work with inks and dye in a variety of scales. By dipping paper in water diluted with inks, the paper absorbs and draws up the ink to create what the artist calls 'dreamscapes'. The method is controlled, regualated and considered. Taijasi says "the thin lines created by the settling of inks denote the time taken to create each piece, as one line will approximately take an hour to form. The process functions on the principle of capillarity movement of the ink and is known as chromatography."
Organic Forms- Christina Marshall- acrylic paint- 16 W x 20 H inches- 2015
Christina Marshall studies Fine Art at Chelsea College of Art in London.
As a painter, she is driven by experimentation of materials and techniques, and finds pleasure in the process of painting; enjoying mixing and blending colour as much as she enjoys making marks and forming shapes. Working in watercolour, acrylic and oils allows her to explore both different surfaces and different scales within her work. She is particularly drawn to abstraction and finds inspiration in the paintings of Frank Auerbach, Vincent Van Gogh and Gerhard Richter. Other influences include William Morris, Natasha Kidd and Bob and Roberta Smith.
See more of Christina's work here.
Acrylic pastiche painting, inspired by Samir Mondal- Amber Akaunu- acrylic paint- 11.7 W x 8.3 H inches- 2014
Amber Akaunu studies Fine Art at Liverpool Hope University.
Amber's work focuses on the capturing of facial expressions and emotions through the mediums of drawing and painting. Both her pencil and acrylic works are sized modestly; refusing to be viewed as intimidating, despite their dynamic imagery. Her influences include Samir Mondal and Joshua Petker, who capture emotion effortlessly yet intensely.
See more of her work here.