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Name: Carys Newbury
Year: Year 13
Inspiration: In my second year of A-level Art, following a trip to Florence, my work has taken on a more varied combination of media. One of the most fascinating aspects of artwork produced during the medieval times to me was the care and consideration that went into preparing the background on which the artist was going to paint. There was a craft involved in creating a painting. The ‘canvas’, more commonly a wooden panel was, it seems, a work of art in itself and a lot of effort went into ensuring it was treated and primed correctly. I have embraced this idea of the background being a determining factor in the outcome of a painting into my own work. Consequently I have experimented with a variety of textures and materials with my prefered medium (acrylic or oil paint) and the impression that each combination created. The two most successful materials that I primed my background with, were white sugar and sand. Both textures created a resistance with the brush when I painted, which encouraged absence of colour in random places on my canvas. The sugar and sand seemed to mimic the texture of weathered stone drenched in the scorching sun.
Description: In this painting, in oils, I wished to convey the unknown path that a soldier treads and a glimpse into his/her suppressed personality. I painted a portrait of my younger brother in his CCF uniform. His expression does not resemble one of curiosity, but more of acceptance of the unknown; his future is left to fate. It is only his eyes that reveal an individual, with a family and a life. To viewers he is unknown, but of course his personality and his face could not be more familiar to me.
Medium: Oil paint
Width: 42 Height: 60