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Name: Louise Giovanelli
School: Monmouth Comprehensive
Year: Year 12
Inspiration: My name is Louise Giovanelli, I live in Monmouth and attend Monmouth comprehensive. I'm working on my AS levels studying History, Music, English Literature and Fine Art. I love creative subjects, for example the creative writing aspect of English, the compositional and practical element of Music, the exploration of sources and interpretations of History and of course the freedom of expression in fine Art. Art is by far my favourite subject, but also the biggest part of my life in general. For me, it is not just a sketchbook that I have to fill to achieve an AS grade, but something that fills my spare time and that I want to pursue in later life. My favourite styles by far would have to be Abstract Expressionism, Expressionism, Impressionism, Surrealism and various types of modern and conceptual art. The artists I have been most heavily influenced by this year are Shani Rhys James, whose style I fell in love with immediately. Lucian Freud, Paula Rego, Rene Magritte, William de Kooning, Karel Appel , the list goes on. I am hoping to go to either Central St Martins School of Art to study fine art further, or the Macintosh Art School of Glasgow.
Title: My Dad.
Description: This is a painting of my father I painted recently and it is influenced by the work of Shani Rhys James, William de Kooning and various other Expressionist artists. I used this as part of a project on human form, from which I chose to look at portraiture, in particular the way in which propaganda is used. Therefore I looked at the reign of Mussolini and various other dictators and the art and propaganda surrounding them, all the while looking at the techniques used to convey power and greatness. One technique most used for artworks portraying Mussolini was to depict him from below, therefore giving the impression power but also intimidation. It is this technique that i incorporated into 'My Dad' by painting him from an angle looking up. I liked how it could be interpreted in both a positive and negative way, either suggesting idolism or intimidation.
Width: 70cm Height: 1 meter 100cms
Keywords: Dad, Father, portait, intimidation, idolism