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Monday, June 14, 2010

Dramatic art at Beaconsfield High

The exhibition at Beaconsfield High today presented work from years 10, 11, 12 and 13. Some of the GCSE work was very strong and I use the term advisedly, because the portraits and treatment was robust and vigorous. I particularly enjoyed some of the rich, encrusted, distressed research books. 
A Level work also showed very strong and dramatic images - especially portraits. There were some wonderfully vigorous and powerful drawings. These were not pretty pieces but strong and aggressive statements.  There was an interesting counterpoint where work which superficially drew upon the work of Georgia O'Keefe was in fact much darker - working from a study of tattoo with imagery and text which was nihilistic and despairing.
But these were complemented by other more predictable well researched, subtle and decorative studies taking William Morris as a starting point. But on the whole not a 'pretty girly' show at all. More work from this exhibition can be seen on Flickr.


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