Visual Arts

Exploring the picturesque and the virtual with artist Benjamin Deakin

Art Studio

This workshop takes the You+Pea exhibition as a springboard for looking at different ways in which artists can approach the idea of the picturesque. Using painting, drawing and mixed media, we will combine imagery from different sources to build up composite images that will culminate in a discussion about the relevance of the picturesque today.

We will look at the visual history of the Picturesque from the eighteenth century to the present, taking in artists and designers such as Nash, Capability Brown and Claude through to contemporary artists working with these ideas, such as Emily Allchurch, Geraint Evans, Julie Mehretu, Corine Wasmuht, Pablo Bronstein and Ged Quinn.

The aim of the day will be to make images which fuse history and the present, the ideal and the everyday. It will combine image-making from printed media as well as some observational drawing outside if the weather permits. Whilst the workshop will focus on drawing, Participants are welcome to work in paint, collage and mixed media once back in the studio if they wish.

Useful information;
– Recommended for adults with some previous drawing and painting experience
– Please bring with you a selection of images of favourite landmarks, landscapes and architecture, preferably as black and white printouts on regular A4 printer paper
– Materials included
– There will be a break for lunch of approx. 45-60min for lunch – refreshments are not included. The café will be open to purchase a range of food and drinks, otherwise bring a packed lunch.
– If the weather permits we’ll be doing some outdoor sketching, please bring suitable footwear and clothes

10am – 4pm, £38

Benjamin Deakin (b.1977) lives and works in London. He studied at Kingston University and Central Saint Martins college of Art and Design respectively, gaining an MA in Fine Art in 2006.

Recent exhibitions include: Reimagining Nowhere: The William Morris Society, London (2019); Betwixt and Between: Arthouse1: London (2019); Contemporary British Painting Prize, 2018,Huddersfield Art Gallery; Subsumed,St Marylebone Crypt, London;Defining Structure,The Cello Factory, London. Seeking News From Nowhere,The Concept Space, London (2018) We are Building a New World,Studio 1.1, London, (2017) Making the Nature Seen,Tannery Projects, London (2016) and Screen,Turps Gallery, London (2015).

Key to Deakin’s artistic interests are his experiences from various travels to remote parts of the world. In 2013 he spent three months cycling through the Andes visiting ancient Inca and Wari ruins. He was recently awarded an artists residencyat PADA studios, Lisbon, 2018. Previous residencies include: Joya Art+Ecologica, Andalucia, Spain (2017); Listhus, Olafsfjordur, Iceland in 2015; The Klondike Institute of Arts and Culture in Dawson City, Yukon, Canada (2008), University of Kathmandu, Nepal (2005), Hospitalfield Trust, Arbroath, Scotland (2002).

Images courtesy of the artist Benjamin Deakin; header ‘Compositor, 2018’

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