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RBA STAR STUDENTS COMPETITION 2020

19 October 2020  |  G Denison

Former Sixth Form student Alex has had his artwork exhibited at the Royal Over-Seas League (ROSL). The artwork which was produced in 2019 as part of Alex’s A Level studies demonstrated the highest levels of skill, expression and draughtsmanship.

Artist statement:
The artwork selected for the exhibition is taken from my A Level studies. The vast majority of my A level work was focussed on the transcription of both historical and modern buildings. These images helped me create a portfolio for my university application to study architecture.

My artwork is a transcription of an observation from a Google search for a street view in London. I chose to highlight the telephone boxes to create a heavy contrast between the black and white. I used acrylic paints and biro pens to create the image.

Alex’s art teacher Mrs Chapman said “Alex has always had a passion for architecture and based his GCE art coursework on different architectural studies. He created a wide range of primary source images as inspiration for his project looking at different buildings, bridges and cities. As part of his course he experimented with a range of techniques including screen printing, etching, painting and drawing. Through exploring the different techniques, he discovered he had a flair for drawing with Biro and researched the technique looking at the work of other artists. Alex worked extremely hard to refine his skills and develop the composition of his piece experimenting with the layout and use of texture and colour. We were delighted when his drawing was selected to be exhibited by the RBA (The Royal Society of British Artists) at the Royal Over-Seas League in London. This is a very prestigious achievement and very well deserved. Unfortunately, we were unable to see the drawing displayed due to restrictions caused by the pandemic. Alex has continued with his love of architecture and undertaken a course at Leeds university. We wish him every success for the future.

Links to articles celebrating the achievements of all the exhibiting artists:

https://www.rosl.org.uk/rbastarstudents2020

https://theartssociety.org/arts-news-features/rba-star-students-competition-2020

 

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