Projects can be funded by Arts Councils or commissioned by institutions or private individuals.
The projects are interactive, inclusive and social and are designed to create interest in a museum’s collection or temporary exhibition of a particular artist or celebrate a particular event.
After a period of research to the find the painting to be re-created, the canvas and materials are delivered to the location and a temporary artists studio set up. The image is then drawn up to scale using the grid system and is ready to be painted upon.
At the end of the project, the painting stays with the institution ( if appropriate). Both artist and institution have joint ownership and copyright,
When on site, each member of the public is invited to paint one square each so the final image is made up of hundreds of individual styles. I am interested in opening up the relationship between the artist and audience and blurring the boundaries between amateur and professional by inviting anyone to paint.
The set up is basically an easel, a table with palettes, oil paints and chairs for observers. Projects usually run from two days or a consecutive period of days, up to a week or even a month, depending on the size of the painting to be recreated.
The aim is to re-create the painting as closely as possible but due to the variety of colour perception, skill of the participants, this is almost impossible and it becomes an interpretation. The beauty of the project lies in its imperfections. The finished painting has the quality of a visual Chinese whisper or a fragmented memory.
Each projected is budgeted individually according to the scale of the painting and the length of project.
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Re-creations can be made on the premises of the client with employees as part of a team building program or personnel development programme.
The choice of painting is discussed between myself and client. It is usually relevant to the business, the location, the employees or a special event.
During the painting process communication and relationships are enhanced, as employees share experiences and the fascination of learning something new. A true sense of collaboration emerges.
The finished painting is displayed on the premises and the satisfaction of seeing one’s own work in the context of the whole creates an awareness of interdependence, solidarity and individuality.
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