At Hurtwood House we encourage the individual to embrace art as a means of self-expression, freedom, life and imagination.
Art is the desire to create, to make send of the world and oneself. Since the dawn of civilization man has tried to capture the image of his surroundings and used a variety of media to accomplish this. Art is the communication of ideas, information and emotions, whether through drawing, painting or any other material that will leave a trace or a mark.
We arrange visits to Universities and Art colleges for the students so that they can view the Foundation Art shows and meet the staff who will talk to prospective applicants about their courses.
Each year about 90% of the students studying Art and Design decide to specialise in the subject at Art College. All of our students have been successful in gaining places at either Art College or University. Trips to the London galleries are also part of our curriculum delivery, these include Tate Modern, Tate Britain, The Victoria & Albert Museum, and The Design Museum. The Department also organises a 5 day residential trip to Venice, apart from the Architectural experience, this includes visits to the Penny Guggenheim Museum, Murano glass workshops and Contemporary Art galleries. In addition, students’ work is entered for a number of different national competitions, providing opportunities to attend presentations in locations such as the Saatchi Gallery.
The work shown here comprises of paintings, drawings, mono prints and lino cut prints, oil paintings, Installation work, mixed media and chemigrams, covering a variety of topics from a selection of students here at Hurtwood.
Daniel’s work on Architecture, Atmosphere and Abstraction was initially inspired by the artist Dennis Creffield. Daniel has looked at ways to convey Open spaces, dark interiors and Gothic buildings such as cathedrals/churches. He has explored a variety of composition, colour and structural line to depict his theme. His work ranges from drawing in pen and charcoal to printmaking and painting.
Rory’s work is influenced by the work of Jeremy and Jose Parla where Rory has taken elements from his environment and travels to one of the Greek Islands, Siros, to convey hidden and forgotten meanings with a historical context in an abstracted way. Rory tends to use acrylic pens and paint with additives in a layering method to add depth to his work.
Laura’s work of portraits explore the ideas and associations of Gender, Sexuality and Symbolism of colour. While her work on Erosion conveys a sense of time passing while recreating both visual and tactile qualities of a given surface. Laura loves to work in Mixed Media.
Izzy’s work involving food, explore the concept of the everyday hidden possibility of infection and disease. Titled body of work ‘Invisible Threats’ – Modern society is concerned with infection and disease even though a lot are harmless. Izzy has visualised both elements of seen and unseen harmful and harmless bacteria existing together on our food in her image of cake, whereas the image of the dinner plate just looks like a harmless tasty lunch. Izzy works primarily in acrylic paint with the occasional use of oil paint too. The flower portrait looks at light, structure and the idea of x-rays to examine the flower. This image was produced in oils.
Rosie’s work on portraits started with looking at space and presence, that we, as humans occupy. It is said that we have an aura an emitted vibration that fills a space and trails of our presence are left behind and felt even if unseen. The work has been produced in acrylic paint.Evelyn Wandernorth
Evie began her work by investigating people and spaces and as her work developed she looked at structure and negative space, this piece of work embodies both of these elements. The work was created in acrylic paint.
Yuri’s ideas on food are based around the obsession we have with it from gluttony to bulimia. She looked a variety of artists to aid stylisation and composition when composing her own photos to work from. The work has been produced in acrylic paint. The landscape of a café scene deals with ideas of distortion and has been beautifully executed in acrylics.
Tony’s installation translates his investigation into ancient cultures such as Incan and Aztec, whose history has been recorded primarily through the use of language and Art. These element are preserved through time, connecting people, memory and culture. The installation uses boards that connect the threads of time which in turn map the routes taken by the Spanish when discovering new civilisations. The work is composed of mixed media and found objects discarded.
Alex’s depictions of food show a sense of traditional application and composition having looked at the work of the Flemish artists. She was concerned with looking at the symbolism associated with both the object, the colour and the composition of hidden geometry. The fig, olive and dates symbolise notions of fertility, peace and woman. This painting was produced in acrylics on paper. The Persimmon fruit is symbolic of a long life and joy. This painting was a subtle combination of mixed media using acrylic paint and water colour pencils. Her portraits touch on elements of altered perception through subtle distortion of the face a sort of metamorphosis where we look twice as we see something isn’t right with the face. The series of portraits were completed in oils.
Yinyin’s work is based on the theme of isolation. The lone figure. She completed a series of wonderful lino cuts to represent this idea.Yuliya Lapshyna
Yuliya’s portrait is based on themes of family and memory, the idea that we forget and move on, that parts of your recollection become altered, crumpled within the mind and sometimes discarded. This was one of a series of paintings that explored friends, family and events produced in acrylic paint.
Deema is exploring elements of nature, transferring and creating a surface. The work is exploratory and process led the work shown here are natural objects such as leaves and feathers and treated with developer straight onto light sensitive paper, the exposure is almost instant. This technique is known as Chemigrams.
Anne was exploring the theme of flowers, her work really took off once she utilised an illustrative style and combined this with mixed media backgrounds to achieve a very pleasing result.
It may seem strange to ask the question "what is a sketchbook?", because there are many different ideas about what the word means. The range of interpretations can be confusing and off-putting. Sketchbooks should be both enjoyable and serious. They require a degree of commitment from the beginner that may be quite daunting at first.
The Enigma program offers a huge range of activities from wine tasting to a great range of sports. I hope to go on to complete an architectural degree.