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Year 1 Art & Design Exhibition 2020 Fine art & illustration

The following work was created by a number of first year UAL art and design students during the current Covid 19 quarantine. Ironically the theme this year is disruption! Students have had to adapt rapidly to a different way of working and with relatively limited materials. There is a selection of final ideas, study pages and sketchbooks, which include some written proposals to give you a flavour of the method of working on the course. Most of this presentation is in a scroll-through format with some addition links.

Work by Taylor Cable

Title of work: Urbanisation, Isolation and Gentrification.

Medium: Painting and drawing on perspex sheet.

My final piece is a drawing of a place I grew up next to in London, Islington. It was made with posca paint pens drawn straight on to an A1 sheet of perspex, on top of a background of tarmac, which represents the links to urbanisation. My urban photography is the main focus and what I based the drawing off. It is meant to show and present urban isolation and gentrification, and how it affects people, and makes them feel, this is why it’s drawn on a clear sheet of perspex, as it represents how invisible people who are affected by urbanisation and gentrification, due to the ignorance of the government, and other official bodies. My photography is greatly inspired by Don McCullin and Daido Moriyama’s photojournalism, whereas my drawings are inspired by Henrik Uldalen. It is also inspired by a book I read when I was younger in year 11, called Poverty Safari by Darren McGarvey, about the social inequalities in London due to urbanisation and gentrification movements by local councils.

Taylor Cable - sketchbook study page
Taylor Cable - sketchbook study page
Taylor Cable - sketchbook study page
Taylor Cable - sketchbook study page
Work by Lily Pearson - final piece

Title of work: Political Turmoil. Medium: Paint

My final outcome is based how the recent events feel like more of a movie than real life, hence why I have included a film tape to separate a happy sky from the dark skies, political leaders and protesters. I have included the Australian wildfires in the background to represent the heartbreaking news at the beginning of 2020. Trump and Boris are shown as devils to represents societies overall view, such as Trump’s racism and Boris’s lack of clarity in a confusing time, with negative Covid-19 protesters surrounding them. I have included the current Black Lives Matter movement with a lighter background to show the glimpse of hope they have to make a change. A portrait is at the front to show how conflicted the public are with the current situations. Overall this was all based on the news of 2020.

Lily Pearson - sketchbook studies
Lily Pearson - sketchbook studies
Lily Pearson - sketchbook studies
Work by Annie Carter - mind mapping page
Work by Korben Golding - final outcome
Work by Korben Golding - final outcome
Work by Kiera Harkett - sketch for clay sculpture study
Kiera Harkett - sketchbook study page
Kiera Harkett - sketchbook study page
Work by James Bright
Work by Seb Weston
Work by Ellie Lodge

Title of work: ‘End the Silence - Medium: Watercolour

My project focuses on distortion in portraits relating to mental health. My final outcome shows the effect of domestic abuse and what it can do to someone. It shows the bruises made by someone else who is creating abuse. The words in the background show the hurtful words thrown towards someone who has to deal with domestic violence. My work was inspired by Marlene Dumas in terms of style. Her work inspired me to be quite messy with the watercolour which gives the piece a nice effect.

Work by Holly Perrett
Work by Holly Perrett
Work by Connor Mercer

The Secrets of the Soul, newspaper, acrylic paint, fine liner pen on card.

My piece is based off of the topic ‘disruption of personality’ and the effects social media and social status can have on a persons mental and or physical health. My main priority of this piece was to grasp the emotions and feelings a person in this situation might be feel and the stress and weight it might be putting on them. My piece represents the feelings people in such situations are normally scared or hesitant to express and show.

Work by Connor Mercer

Preparatory studies for The Secrets of the Soul.

Work by Georgia Guyan

Title: Identity - Medium: digitally sketched

This piece of work is about yourself and your own identity. I decided to base it on my identity so overall this piece of art shows that I’m quite a dull and simple person . This work was inspired by an art movement called abstract realism, So I decided to include a technique called line on top of my sketch in a vibrant colour to show the abstract side and the sketch to show realism.

Work by Georgia Guyan
Work by Georgia Guyan
Work by Elias Svarca
Work by Shane Handley
Work by Shane Handley