Annie Leibovitz

This photographer is known for capturing   Celebrities in striking and flattering poses. What I like is how her expert use of positive and negative space by use of light and shade which adds an interesting dimension to the photo. Her talent enhances and creates interest for the viewer.

She is often considered to be one of America’s best portrait photographers she has the ability to show her subjects in a variety of poses that often shock or surprise the audience.

Trip to London Tate Britain 

David Hockney portrait of his mother and Father. I like how the colours he uses act in sharp contrast to each other yet the brilliance highlights the neighbouring colour. Hockey shows compassion and feeling in the faces of his parents. There was also a painting of Hockey’s muse, Crlia Birtwell and Ossie Clark and again he captures light and radiance in the faces of his subjects.

I’m an admirer of Francis Bacons work. The distortion and disturbance he portrays in the faces of his subjects displays a juxtaposition of emotions in the viewer as they both shock and elicit compassion. His brilliance and expertise in drawing and altering of the human anatomy of the face shows great originality.

This painting by Bridget Reily when observers for a short time had the effect of convincing me that I would loose my mind if I stared at it for any length of time. Art work like this both astounds me and creates a feeling of disturbance

which continues to interest and stimulate my mind.


These artworks explore Art and Alcohol. The Hogarth depicts the famous Gin Lane. The way Gilbert and George display these photographic pieces attracts the eye to them and when you get closer your eyes dart up and down to take in the individual photos. They further  explain the significance of their reasoning behind the choices they have made about the size and clarity of the development of the photos.

This reasoning and attention to detail needs to be considered when I consider my FMP display.

Field trip to Warner brother studio 


The Warner brothers workshop was showcasing work by professional ‘s at the high end of their field and access to a large budget for materials but the visit to the studio was useful, It was interesting to see their work a various stages of development. I was able to ask questions about the various stages of the mask making process.

I gained renewed inspiration to use my maquette for a further fabric sculpture. The first process is to make the wire frame. I spent time speaking with technical worker Bill and we discussed different methods for making a suitable frame. I also watched you tube videos. Not many people make fabric heads so it there is not a lot of previous instructions out there.

So lots of trial and errors and probably more frustration in the sampling process.

This workshop area was inspirational due to the incredible artist talent and skill used on these models. Throughout other parts of the tour of the studio I was able to linger and study a plethora of various skilled artist’s and their work.

David Hockney portraits

David Hockney is princeply known for his paintings of swimming pools and take’s inspiration from the California sunshine. His paintings are distinct to him and the blue paint he uses is characteristic to him.

There is a mill in Yorkshire Saltaire mill which I will try and visit that has several of his portraits displayed on the walls of the restaurant. What intrigues me about these is his trademark use of bold colours.

What inpresses  me about his paintings is how he captures light and expertly shows expression in the portraits of his mother, such as the one pictured above. The image of his mother was constructed with several photos to recreate his version of her face I find this work inspired and creative.

Other painters who paint distorted image portraits such as Francis Bacon creates paintings that are often alarming or disturbing to the viewer. In contrast Hockney’s image is calmer and less disconcerting. I think this may be to many factors such as the choice of the selected images, the colour  and positioning of the face, the subject matter and time and place where the artist is at in their life. The images that Francis Bacon paints create a sense of the macabre and uncomfortableness for the viewer, where as Hockney’s  portraits create a sense of calm and serene feeling allowing the viewer to appreciate the beauty of his work.

I am attracted to both styles of work and apreciate the talent of both artists.

I wasn’t able to visit Saltaire Mill to in Yorkshire to see these paintings but was fortunate to see them at Tate Britain.


Rembrandt portrait on his reflection of mortality 

At the age of 63 which in those days was a great age to reach Rembrandt painted a self portrait that was profoundly moving and emotional. The context shows him looking ordinary and relaxed yet the haunting look he achieved in the way he captures the eyes demands great respect.

What I like is the is the compenplaiting almost wistful look on his face. I admire the artist to be able to capture true emotion in their artworks.

It is of no wonder that the work is considered to be one of the most profoundly moving pieces of artworks.