Fine Art

Christopher Orr

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Over my time as a tutor for the OCA I have noticed that figurative painting is a real draw to a significant number of students starting out. For many it turns out, as they move through their studies, that actual figuration is not really where their interest lie, but rather in the human condition more broadly, and themes develop which are better served in other ways.

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The Body Beautiful

Mal Burkinshaw

Women’s social identity has long been conditioned by their culture’s perception of their bodies. The criteria, obsessions and preoccupations according to which women construct their appearance, vary over time, but as a trio of current exhibitions show, assumptions about beauty, body image, and fashion can be explored and challenged in surprising ways.

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Silent Partners

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Join Annabel Dover on the 24 January to visit the Silent Partners exhibition. It is a ground-breaking exhibition devoted to the artist’s mannequin, that uncovers its playful, uncanny – and sometimes disturbing – history from the Renaissance to the present-day.

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Mike Nelson

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As the first few students step across into the professional practice course at level 3, I thought it might be interesting to blog about exhibitions from that perspective from time to time. How was the exhibition conceived and carried out?

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Katharine Smith

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Recently I blogged about the work of Ailish Henderson who studied water-colour as her elective subject on her textiles degree programme. In this post I’m looking at the work of Katharine Smith who is studying printmaking following A Creative Approach to Textiles.

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Surface tension: An exploration of drawing and painting on aluminium

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Welcome to my first blog for the OCA which will document my creative explorations through using Aluminium as a drawing and painting surface. I hope you will enjoy exploring the blog and please do ask me questions or add your own comments and thoughts as to the work you see to the ideas, materials and processes explored in the coming months.

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Study Visit: Polke

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Polke’s anti-style of art has been described as appropriating the pictorial shorthand of advertising. His subversion of the traditional artistic conventions in which everyday objects are represented deprives them of their individuality in order to elevate them to the status of aesthetic signs.

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