Art Review of the Year
It has been a busy year in the art studio this year, with a record number of students enrolling on GCSE and A Level art courses. The course has seen a variety of approaches to coursework and exam projects which include oil paintings, moving image, ceramic sculptures, wildlife photography and painterly animation. The A2 group have produced some particularly strong work that would not be out of place in a public gallery.
Emma Roseburgh’s acrylic painting ‘Jean’ is one of the largest pieces an MPW Birmingham art student has created. Measuring 167cm by 118cm the portrait depicts a 70 year old lady who lives in Kingswinford. Commenting on the piece, Emma states “I don’t want people to look at my painting and see the wrinkles and spots as bad features but instead as something to look forward to. You can’t get these defining features without growing old so why does everyone try and hide these natural occurrences. It would be much better to embrace them because you can’t have all these wonderful features without living a long life which is an incredible feat that everyone should be proud of.”
Rupinder Khokar’s painting ‘Nightmare’ is a visual summary of his fears. “I wanted to create something that got more interesting the longer you looked at it. At first the scene probably seems fairly realistic as the viewer focuses on my reflection after the car crash. The longer you look, the more you notice.
Similarly, the AS students have also been busy creating mini-masterpieces inside the MPW Birmingham Art Studio. One student who has caught the eye for his expressive style and abstract ideas is Amandeep Kalsi. His first coursework project was inspired by the Midlands artist Ian Cook. Cook is famous for using remote control cars to create giant oil paintings of cars and Formula 1 driver Lewis Hamilton. After contacting the artist in person, Amandeep used Cook’s technique to create his own series of car painted images which concluded with a giant painting of a rally car accompanied by a quote on speed.
Another memorable AS project was the work of Fine Art student Nuryia Ismail. After visiting the
New Walsall Art Gallery, Nuryia became interested in how audiences interpret death as a subject within art. Inspired by the piece ‘The Impossibility of Life and Death’, Nuryia created a body of experimental work that involved putting dead plants and animals in liquid resin. After becoming even more interested in people’s reactions to death, she constructed a situation in which her fellow students thought they were completing an innocent questionnaire in a small room. On being presented a glass of water, each participant was shocked to find a dead mouse encased in the glass. Nuryia cleverly recorded the student’s reactions with her camera and made a series of portrait drawings of each student.