Art is both constant and evolving and is around us wherever we go. Whether this is the sculptures we pass on the streets or the jewellery we wear, art is an important part of what makes life valued and enjoyable.
For me, art has always been something I can express myself through. The theme of my art often reflects my emotions and experiences. Whenever I can, I use art as a therapeutic way of unloading stress. When I am painting, I can allow myself to completely dive into my art until I finish the piece. Although I am young, I believe that I have developed a good understanding of my art style and how I want to present my work.
I started my GCSE art coursework two years ago and became even more fascinated by portraiture. I began to study the works of Lui Ferreyra, Roy Lichtenstein, Andy Warhol and some other contemporary artists. This is when I started producing portraits. I have tried many different styles of art including drawing, painting, mono printing, etching and clay work, but I have found that painting is what I have most passion for. I paint mostly with acrylics. Mixing colours takes up majority of the time I spend painting. I do this until I find a skin tone that I like or until I find a colour for the background that I like. I also completed a Royal Arts award where I composed and directed an art film.
Since I can remember I have always been aware of my, as well as other people’s, emotions. I often think about how we can express so many emotions within the space of five minutes, and the way that our eyes and eyebrows can give away what we are feeling. I take a great interest in psychology and love finding new ways of interpreting people’s emotions. From the way people talk, walk or stand, there are many ways to figure out how someone is feeling. A person who has anxiety may display twitches in their eyes or play with their hands under the table. This inspired me to create portraits with crazy expressions such as raised eyebrows, gaping mouths and wide eyes. Although I was content with the way I had created these expressions on canvases, I thought that maybe these emotions were too obvious, and I wanted to find a way for a viewer to interpret the emotions in their own way without the face in the painting giving it away.
Eventually, I had come up with the idea of leaving the face blank. No mouth, nose, or eyes. This is so that a viewer can look at the background and apply an emotion that they think fits the painting best as the lack of expression in the image leads us to imagine one. Therefore, I encourage curiosity and imagination in the people who see my art.
I hope that the people who look at my art gain a unique understanding of each of my art pieces and to make the art really feel like their own when they apply emotions to the image with what they believe feels right.