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Name: Elliot Davies
School: NORTHAMPTON SCHOOL for Boys
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: My inspiration to paint, draw and make visual images comes from a curiosity of the subjects I encounter in life, whether they be people, places, situations – historical and contemporary. I am primarily interested in people, interested in ‘sussing them out’ and portraiture has taken me close on occasions. I see the study of human nature to be most fascinating and aim through painting to depict stories that illuminate human nature. Even when painting still lives I enjoy personifying the objects as characters and arranging them to enact stories, scenes or moments. I, like most people, am fascinated by a great storyteller’s ability to capture the human nature. Whether they be: Carravaggio, David, Gericault, Shakespeare or Dickens, they have all done this superbly through their work and as a fan I aspire to create images that likewise typify human behaviour. I paint stories, and find a great outlet for this through Portraiture, there is always a story behind a painting: how you got the commission, what they were like as a sitter, the sitter’s life story and personality that you try and capture in the moments they sit for you – narrative that I find fascinating.
Title: A Sizar's study
Description: ‘A Sizar’s study’ is about isolation and loneliness. A Sizar was a student from an underprivileged background usually at Cambridge University in the 19th century, who was charged lower fees and obtained free food and lodging. They were never treated as equals to their peers because of this and had special duties to repay the debt to the University, like fetching food and drink for his colleagues. I tried to tap into the loneliness and isolation of being part of something on paper but never really part of it for reasons of wealth, background or social standing. I paint it in a hope for the future that a true Meritocratic society can be achieved through education and opportunities for all. I was very much in a Sickert stage when I painted this and was particularly intrigued by his use of his seemingly crude, dry brush strokes and with their application to achieve a chilling accuracy and deeply aesthetic hazy atmospheres. I was also interested his slight exaggeration of unusual tones and hues which he finds in his observations: Purples, Greens, Blues and Pinks which I tried to pick out throughout the painting.
Medium: Oil on Canvass