Artist Influences


Trina Merry

Having played around with photoshopping onto my face, I started looking into artists that actually paint onto the face/body. Trina Merry was one that inspired me greatly, through her exploration of the human form as a canvas and the idea that as the canvas moves, so does the art.


Bogi Fabian

Bogi Fabian creates intricate large-scale ultraviolet works of art. She transforms whole rooms with UV paint, creating these amazing UV environments. She paints the walls and ceilings so that the room takes on a different form depending on whether it is immersed in natural or black light. What I enjoy about her work is that entering these rooms becomes more of an experience as opposed to just simply spectating a large painting.

Helena Almeida

What struck me about Almeida’s pieces was the obvious isolation of colour, something that resonates with my own work. This simple gesture of colour appears to consume the whole piece despite only being a small portion of the image. In a way, the strokes of blue seem to breathe new life into an already existing image.


Beware Wet Paint

During Enhancement Week I visited the Beware Wet Paint exhibition at the ICA as, not only do I have an interest in painting, I also thought it would tie in nicely with the painting seminar I recently attended.

This exhibition incorporated works from artists who seek to use art in a more contemporary manner, straying from convention. I found that, owing to the contemporary nature of the pieces on display, they were highly controversial drawing both criticism and praise from everyone.

By far my favourite pieces from the show were by Korakrit ArunanondchaiI loved the elements of destruction in the pieces and the impact that this had aesthetically. His work was energetic and engaging to look at.

A particularly controversial piece of work was by David Ostrowski (unfortunately I didn’t take a picture of this one). His work consisted of a huge white canvas with small traces of spray paint in the bottom right corner. I found this work to be rather contrived and even lazy to an extent. I didn’t think it was offering much in terms of contemporary art in the way that the others were

Ruth Beale (visiting artist)

Ruth Beale’s work mainly features the mediums of drawings, prints, performances and installations. Her work tends to intricately linked with language words reading and libraries. Libraries in particularly are a source of inspiration as her work both utilises and makes reference to them.


Ruth’s exhibition Book Bed serves to explore current thinking within culture, education and society.

Kevin Berg and Jamie Beck

Whilst researching GIF artists, I came across Cinemagraphs, something I’d not heard of before. The process was created by graphics artists Kevin Berg and Jamie Beck who aimed to bridge the gap between video and photography by making in-motion photographs.



I absolutely love this idea as I think its so effective aesthetically. You are able to isolate any part of the image and immediately the viewer’s eye is drawn to it

Dain Fagerholm

Dain is an artist whom I previously looked at for inspiration when making my collages last year. I am quite drawn to the graphic nature of his GIFS. The first GIF kind of looks like the visual version of a record getting stuck

Micael Raynaud

I love the hypnotic and mesmerising aspect of his GIFS, I could stare at them forever! He plays around with time-lapse and masking in order to create them.

MoonFoot Micael Reynaud Animated GIFs by Micael Reynaud

Pizza Micael Reynaud Animated GIFs by Micael Reynaud

YogaFlame Micael Reynaud Animated GIFs by Micael Reynaud

Seminar: Painting in Context…Gesture

– Simon Williams

I found this seminar particularly interesting as I love to paint and found out a lot of useful information about artists I already knew about and also artists who I’d not yet come across. It was extremely beneficial to hear from someone who had such a wide knowledge base about painting as well as different techniques and equipment I had never considered using before.

Particular artists who stuck out to me included Gerhard Richter, Barnaby Furnas, Michael Bauer and Katarina GrosseBarnaby Furnas

Furnas idiosyncratic work manages to retain flat areas of paint, almost as a background, whilst creating a sort of fluidity with the gestural layers on top. I really enjoy the graphic element to this piece.

Artist painter Michael Bauer

Michael Bauer

Bauer uses gesture to create allusions and suggestions within his work. I really like the infinite element of this work, your eye isn’t necessarily drawn to one thing immediately and everytime you do look at it you discover a new aspect of it.

Katarina Grosse

Grosse seeks to use paint beyond conventional methods by looking at the relationship between colour, form and structure. I love how in this piece, the paint and colour invades the entire space creating an entirely new atmosphere

Rafael Gomezbarros

Last year I visited the Saatchi gallery and recently I was reminded of one of the exhibitions that particularly stuck out to me.

Casa Tomada

His work consists of installations whereby hundreds of ants completely invade a space, his intention being to portray how the world tends to view migrant workers/ the displaced. The aspect of this work that I particularly liked was the fact that each ant, upon closer inspection was made up of human skulls, possibly a hint toward the connection between life and death. Seeing as I have recently become interested in a slightly horror-esque aspect to my work I quite liked the idea of taking something as insignificant and small as an ant and  making them human sized

Yago Portal

Yago Portal’s work particularly caught my eye as I was interested in the graphic nature of his work. His pieces seek to incorporate wildlife and fashion. Personally, I think there’s something rather sinister about these images. The combination of human bodies with animal faces creates, for me, connotations of mutants and horror.

The llama is dressed in a simple brown jacketRaccoon

and a wolf is dressed in a dinner jacket and bow tie

John Heartfield

John Heartfield was an artist who indulged in the use of art as a political weapon, with many of his works including anti-Nazi/anti-fascist statements. Heartfield particularly favoured the use of photomontage within his work in order to expose the Nazi regime.

There are a lot of things that got me into working with photos.The main thing is that I saw both what was being said and not being said with photos in the newspapers… I found out how you can fool people with photos, really fool them… You can lie and tell the truth by putting the wrong title or wrong captions under them, and that’s roughly what was being done.’

Adolf the Superman, swallows gold and spits Junk

Heartfield would use irony and satire to expose the flaws with Fascism i.e. Hitler was abundant with wealth that he would serve no worthwhile purpose

A Nazi swastika made out of bloodstained axes

– to portray the bloodshed that was taking place under the Fascist regime

By manipulating Nazi propaganda to form photomontages, Heartfield was able to send the exact opposite messages intended by the original posters.

Gerhard Richter

Richter was the first artist to look at how photography works within paintings i.e how they’re represented and the consequent narrative that develops. I particularly love how Richter develops a narrative within his pieces through his use of gesture.



Giuseppe Mastromatteo

Giuseppe combines photography and photoshop manipulations in order to create expressive images focusing on the rawness of the human body. He uses nude humans as the models and many of his works include skin tones merging from light to dark, allowing the audience to question the ideas of equality and social identity.

Tatiana Parcero

Parcero’s work combines images of the human body with anatomical diagrams and maps, thus allowing her to explore inner and outer spaces, not constricted to just the skin. The concepts of identity, memories, history and territory are considered in her powerful artworks.

Rosanna Jones

Rosanna’s work explores how appearance affects identity; how we feel about ourselves and how this impacts upon how others perceive us. Each of her compositions consists of a mix of paints layered on top of a digital photo collage. Her work looks at the idea of disfigurement and beauty, with some of her pieces presenting attractive people who she has given ugly features, thus displaying how quickly someone’s identity can change with one slight alteration to their appearance.

Rosanna Jones

Natalia Pereira

Natalia created these pieces under the title ‘Dismorfobina’. She winds elastic bands around her model’s faces in order to morph and disfigure them, thus allowing the viewer to question the idea of imperfections. I think these pieces are particularly effective as because they morph the human form to create these ‘ugly’/unexpected representations of people



Levi Van Valuw

Van Veluw explores the concept of identity whilst considering the notion of his face as an object, modifying it to create impactful images. His work tends to involve using everyday objects to transform his face, giving it new meaning.





Danny Evans

American artist Danny Evans has created a series of photos of celebrities photoshopped to look like ordinary people as a response to his frustration over how much celebrities are retouched in the media. 



Artist Talk: Simon O’Sullivan

Simon O’Sullivan is part of a collaborative art project entitled Plastique Fantastique, along with David Burrows encompassing all forms of media, such as comics, performances and installations to name a few . The project investigates ‘aesthetics, the sacred, politics and popular and mass culture’. Simon described this project as a ‘fictional collaboration’…imagining the transformation of the world through fiction. To him collaborations are not only ‘of you’, but they also ‘speak back to you’. 

Artist Talk: Francesco Pedraglio

Last week, I attended a talk by visiting artist Francesco Pedraglio who mainly spoke about the notion of ‘Casting and Re-enactment’. Pedraglio is of the opinion that art is a constant movement of thought and this is evident through his performance and story-telling pieces.

Pedraglio made a particularly interesting point when he said that ‘a show is a person/action’, in a state of constant existence with physical and personal characteristics. His exhibition Frank! exemplifies this notion. It is a used space containing different media and different viewpoints, taking place during so-called office hours, ‘constructed as a series of scenarios re-enacting the psychology of a character’.

One idea of his that I found quite interesting, in relation to the idea of Casting, was when Pedraglio spoke about a recent trip to Pompeii and how he’d observed the castings of preserved bodies from the volcano eruption. To him, these castings appeared sculpture-esque and served to preserve the moment of death, capturing the victims in their final moments.


Marlene Freimanis

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I find Marlene Freimanis’ style of art particularly interesting both visually and conceptually. I think her use of mixed media works well to create quite a grungy, surreal aesthetic.

DAIN…Street artist


I find DAIN’s style particularly encapsulating. The way he takes images of Hollywood icons and merges them with different media such as newspaper, magazines and spray paint all successfully accumulate to create vibrant and interesting pieces due to their many different dimensions and layers. Whether his work is positioned within a gallery exhibition or on a street wall, it still manages to preserve its raw aesthetic. A feature of his work I find interesting is his iconic dripping circle that can be found on the eyes of the faces he use. Although he has not specified the meaning behind this, I like the idea of his work being easily identified by this simple motif, a notion that is often witnessed throughout street art, in order to distinguish street artists who don’t simply just sign their work

Roy Lichtenstein

In regards to the cartoon-esque element to the faces in my collages, I used Lichtenstein as inspiration as his comic strip style appealed to me. His use of thick, bold black lines and bright colours were techniques I thought I could apply in my work in order to recreate a similar comic-book/cartoon effect.

Andy Warhol

In order to extract further meaning from my pieces, I decided to look at pop art and, in particular the work of Andy Warhol and his critique of the media, and its dehumanising effects. His piece ‘The Marilyn’s’ highlight the notion of celebrities becoming commodities. Their faces are reproduced everywhere and we are bombarded with their selves. Thus, we lose a sense of who they really are as people, their celebrity status being defined by how much money they are worth and how much current interest people have in them.

Stella Vine


Stella Vine’s work caught my eye because of the unattractive nature of her paintings. Her portraits, which focus largely on female celebrities contain unnaturally bright colours on the skin and hear, exacerbated features and incorrect proportions and yet the subjects are still recognisable. I feel that these distortions bring light to the fictitious nature behind these faces, that they are merely characters presented to us and I am particularly interested in this idea of distorted famous faces in some way, preserving their recognisability but conveying them in an unexpected way.


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