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Name: Jovana Lalic
School: The Tiffin Girls' School
Town: Kingston Upon Thames
Year: Year 12
Inspiration: Whilst on a trip to New York in the autumn of 2009, I chose to look at the scaffolding that seemed to dominate the city, because to me it showed how New York was growing and how every street you walked past there would be some form of construction going on. I wanted to portray mine in a different way, and walking through Times Square at night seemed the perfect way to do so. I often find that cities at night time are far more exciting to draw inspiration from because of the darkness, which almost softens the buildings, and for me lighting is particularly important because it can really enhance the quality and tones of a subject in a painting. I often try to make my canvases quite busy, yet the way in which I paint them, with a smooth brush stroke, brings the different elements of my pieces together. I also think that colour is vital for bringing out certain emotions from a piece, and I look to not use monochrome or black and white colour schemes because I would much rather the colours speak for the painting.
Title: Times Square at Night
Description: Whilst walking in Times Square in New York one evening, I took a picture of a building covered in lights with scaffolding in the foreground, and the way the artificial lights coming off the advertisements reflected off the metal pipes looked really effective. I took a photo and enhanced it, changing the contrast of the colours on the computer, particularly focusing on creating a sharper contrast between the pipes in the foreground and the merging of colourful lights in the background. I used many different forms of mixed media, particularly ink and paint, with watered down inks used for the pavement which was still wet after a downpour earlier on in the day, and the lights were reflected in the rainwater, creating exciting patterns. For the background I blended many different colours to allow the foreground to stand out, and I looked at the work of Robert Rauschenberg, who used separate sections on his canvases to tell a story. I have tried to separate the background from the foreground, and also sectioned the background through using dark greens and blues through to bright pinks and yellows.
Medium: Paint on Canvas
Width: 60 inches Height: 48 inches
Keywords: New York, scaffolding, lights, construction