For full details of my new work, including prices and prints please visit my website www.charlottehoulihan.com
For an Artweeks Five-minute read click here www.estherlafferty.wordpress.com/2019/01/28/art-at-ease-with-the-figure/
My work has been included in the Oxford Art Society annual exhibition and pre-selected for the RWA annual open. This year I am really pleased to have been pre-selected for the New English Art Club annual exhibition at The Mall Galleries. Whilst the final selection and show have been postponed, all being well it will take place later this year.
I run a weekly Life Class and occasional workshops in Blewbury, which are open to all levels. I also teach at Sunningwell School of Art (do check out their new online courses) and at The Coaching Barn.
Working from life, I create honest and thoughtful studies of the beauty and expression of the human figure. They are direct, often spontaneous observations of our body language and nature as much as of an individual’s form and features, quickly recorded in oil paint. When a person removes their clothes they reveal a different side of themselves; a vulnerability, truth and beauty that we all share. I find that very reassuring.
I have always enjoyed working spontaneously, feeling that my first reaction is probably the most truthful. I have learnt to apply paint quickly and work wet on wet, or “alla prima”, with my oils. I enjoy the movement of the paint in this way and how the corrections and mistakes tell a story of their own.
I graduated in 2000 with a BA Hons in Furniture and Product Design from Ravensbourne. Alongside a career in design, for fifteen years I have studied life drawing with Bobby Gill who is an inspirational teacher, having taught at the RCA for many years. I still juggle the two disciplines, although art is increasingly my main focus. Challenging my work through regular observational study is very important to me, the constructive criticism of a good tutor is invaluable, and Bobby’s studio in Notting Hill will always be one of my favourite places to paint and draw.
I always think of painting as an extension of drawing, rather than a separate process. I draw with paint and often think about painting when I’m drawing. As well as my own observational study, I teach life drawing, which in turn feeds back into my work, providing me with a wonderful opportunity to see life drawing from another perspective. I often ask the model to sit for me after the class, creating many of my own paintings this way.