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Name: Mike Sharp
School: Uppingham School
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: I'm fascinated by people and their expressions. I particularly enjoy observing crowded bars and cafes. This links in with my appreciation of the impressionist painter Renoir and the great master Leonardo da Vinci. Likewise I'm incredibly moved by the composers Chopin and Debussy for their profound soulfulness. I also make films and write contemporary songs and I feel that elements of performance and musicality filter into my painting. I've a keen interest in poetry and most recently have been indulging in the works of Jean Boudrillard and the unknown poets of the Dead Sea scrolls. I like to include mystical elements within my paintings as I feel that if I didn't the materialism that has consumed western society would drain my soul and leave me with a dull headache. For me when the medium is the message there is no message so I see my paintings as metaphors. I'm not attempting to create illusions or fool anyone as pretentious as it sounds; I merely want to keep people open to the wonders of life.
Title: Bold Liquid Squeeze
Description: This evolved out of experimenting with extremely diluted acrylic paint, applying it with my hands and then using a large paint brush to refine certain shapes. I've used it in order to query the role of gender in modern society, expressing the defiant nature of men within history and the extremely modest understated role of woman through much of history. I've used watery paint to convey the fragility of the concept of gender role and did the painting extremely quickly to get across a sense of movement and that this is just a blip. The colours act as symbols, green being fertility. The woman in the picture represents a guiding, loving figure however the relationship is one of mutual dependence.
Medium: Acrylic on hard board.
Width: 124cm Height: 152cm
Keywords: Constriction, Time, Role