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Face and figure; considering portraiture and the painted body

Our faces and bodies are so individual and unique and yet we often find that it is only our face that is considered to be our identity, and is used in portraiture to represent our character. So why is it that the figure is usually painted in relation to form, shape and structure, rather than as an embodiment of a person? How does objectification, the gaze and the presence of power structures relate to this, and how are contemporary painters challenging the notion of portraiture and figurative painting being separate endeavours?

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Felicity Beaumont
My life as a Fine Art student; Looking back on the last 3 years

The last three years have been a crazy, creative blur, and with only days to go until I finish my degree and exhibit my most recent works, I could not be more proud and excited! Here I discuss what university has meant to me, the key themes that have influence my practice over the last 12 months, and how important my degree has been to the development of my artistic practice, and my life.

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Felicity Beaumont
Reimagining the classical nude

When considering the body within contemporary painting, we must of course look back on historical representations of the figure such as the classical, Renaissance or Greek nude. Here I discuss how representation of the body has changed from these times to the contemporary painting era and explore how my own work can be inspired by classical nude paintings.

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Art and Pornography: the influence of context and medium

As my practice has developed towards an investigation of contextualising the female nude and the reaction of the viewership of the painter nude, the relationship between pornography and art has become of great interest to me. Here I discuss if there is a distinction between the two genres and also how notions of context and medium can effect the viewer/subject/painter relationship.

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This week in the studio: One hour WIPs and experimenting with failed works

In any artists practice there can be aspects that are daunting or difficult to approach, here I discuss the techniques I have used this week to get back into painting, throw a spanner in the works and get out of my comfort zone. I also address how to approach unresolved paintings and why it’s good to experiment, even when you have an established style, an approaching deadline or a set plan!

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