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Name: Luke Deering
School: Oakham School
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: I believe that strong drawing and conceptual skills are essential to creating works and that the development of drawing skills in particular, takes longer to master than conceptual thinking. Looking at past artists, regardless of style, many begin quite ‘realist’ with a hint towards their eventual signature style. I see this stage as being one of learning and development of skill; a stage, which any creative needs to go through in order to develop. Musicians are good examples of this: The Beatles, although naturally talented needed to learn to play the instruments and spent hundreds of hours playing in a grotty clubs in Hamburg. Not that I want to be comparing myself to the greats, but to have a chance, I'm putting myself through a vigorous stage of learning. I think there’s a problem with the way that Art is taught at school, we simply aren’t taught these skills and are instead forced down a conceptually dominated route, a balance is vital in order to fulfil potential. I want to eventually achieve works that receive the primary ‘wow’ factor with drawing skills and then the lingering thought or debate as to what the story is behind the vision.
Description: This is my first canvas painting and indeed, first proper attempt at painting. I was going through a very severe stage of creative wall banging. I made loads of compositions, all of which I thought terrible and not good enough by my own standards. I felt frustrated and annoyed, as if I was in the middle of another world, I couldn’t seem to feel any connections. Inanimate objects around me felt larger than me and I found the whole time very disturbing, I was bewildered - objects like the mug in front of me, I looked at in a new way. This composition is therefore about the way in which we see things and accept them as the way they are. If their form is changed, in this case size, does it therefore gain a different understanding? In terms of artistic inspiration, again is drawn from Peter Blakes ‘Marcel Duchamps World Tour’ in the way he uses colour and creates a composition with a fore, mid and background with different objects to establish it. I was also addicted to watching David Leans ‘Lawrence of Arabia’ - and the atmosphere created to tell this story through colour, composition, lighting and textures.
Medium: Acrylic on Canvas
Width: 38cm Height: 44cm
Keywords: Peter Blake, Marcel Duchamp, scale, Lawrence of Arabia