Summative Post: Contextualisation

The following 5 posts are the key moments in the contextualisation side of my degrees that invoke the most important developments in context research that have changed and effected my practice. All listed in order by date.

1. Constellation Reflection 02/02/15

2. Existentialism 19/02/15

3.Michael Borremans 27/04/15

4. Goya’s ‘Black Paintings’ 05/05/15

5. Francis Bacon Fragments Of A Portrait – Interview by David Sylvester 05/05/15

These ideas have been the major factor in the direction of my project and have opened up new directions to my practice and though process personal and in my work.


Final Piece All on Wall:

I managed to complete the display week of working with my peers to move walls and create the space for our art show.

4-15th May 2015.


1st stage once we had moved all the walls was to gum strip gaps, and paint and fill any wholes in with wood filler. This took quite a few days to make everything perfect.


After this i spent quite a while deciding on the composition of the paintings, i didn’t want the body to fit together i thought they were a lot more pleasing being more fragmented away from the connection with the world we live in.

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And these were the final images of the pieces on the wall which i was very proud of in the end and i thought they looked very good all together, and the effort making the walls perfect and the patience fitting and measuring them was definitely worth the patience. These were all varnished as well to add professionalism to the work.

Summative Post: Documentation

This post includes my statement and plus my top 5 posts that document my work and its process the best.

artistic statement

I have a raw passion for portraying the human form, and try to explore identity through my paintings. I am currently dealing with ideas of existentialism and the irresolution of life. My work is also about a journey: it is about making mistakes and learning from them. I try to create a primitive depiction of what it is to be human, without context thus having no immediate connection to the viewer. I want to enable the viewer to be present in the moment, to consider what it feels like to be human, even to question life itself. I feel I prompt these questions through the way I paint the figure and hold back visual information.

These works are about the subject of identity as humans, and I have tried to touch on primitive style of making marks to create a sort of religious symbol of what it is to be human. I believe I have created an existential experience that I feel relates to the viewers, feeling of what it is to be human.

1. Number four 13/02/15

2. Drawings 17/02/15

3. Painting/ink 17/02/15

4. Further Painting 24/04/15

5. Completing the painting 05/05/15

The 5 posts i feel best show my development with the support of my documentation to best show how my blog has flowed.

Goya’s ‘Black Paintings’

Francisco Goya produced 14 images known as the Black Paintings, which a half-century after his death were cut from the walls of his country house on the outskirts of Madrid. The Black Paintings decorated the walls of the Quinta del Sordo between when he purchased it in February 1819 till 1823.

Saturn Devouring His Son

‘Saturn Devouring his Son’ Goya,

According to the traditional interpretation, it depicts a Greek myth of the Titan Cronus, who, fearing that he would be overthrown by one of his children, ate each one as they were born. There are various interpretations of what this painting might mean. The painting may have been inspired by a Rubens, 1636 painting of the same name. Rubens’ painting, also held at the Museo del Prado, is a brighter, more conventional treatment of the myth: his Saturn exhibits less of a cannibalistic ferocity than which is portrayed in Goya’s rendition. (Painting below)

640px-Rubens_saturn Rubens 1636 ‘Saturn devouring his son’

Many other theories of the painting our the conflict between youth and old age, time as the devourer of all things, the wrath of God and an allegory of the situation in Spain, where the fatherland consumed its own children in wars and revolution. Their has been explanations rooted in Goya’s relationships with his own son, Xavier, the only of his six children to survive to adulthood, or with his live-in housekeeper and possible mistress, Leocadia Weiss; the sex of the body being consumed can not be determined with certainty. Any notes on the picture, have been lost or either were never created; as he never intended the picture for public exhibition, he probably had little interest in explaining its significance.

As I stated this is just one of the 14 paintings found in his house after he died, and as they were found in his house 70 years later we know they were never supposed to be viewed by the public.

 The intentions of this painting I see them as a symbol of man and its destruction on one another. The symbol of not a identity of someone but the a identity of idea, I want to create this question of life about my paintings.

Francis Bacon Fragments Of A Portrait – Interview by David Sylvester

Found this interview of Francis Bacon one of my favorite artists, and also a big influence on my work during my dissertation and subject work. It talks about his life its connections within his work, and his reactions to his subjects and how and why he depicts people the way he did.

Completing the painting

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These shots of my painting are a work in progress, this process of painting has been developed through my research of existentialism and its ideas in the post war period, I’m exploring peoples ideas of what it is to be human these depictions are not meant to record form but experience and the rawness of life through mark and colour and this is what i intend the paintings to depict in the end.

Michaël Borremans

Borremans is a Belgian painter and filmmaker who lives and works in Ghent. His painting style draws on 18th-century art as well as the works of Édouard Manet and Degas. The artist also cites the Spanish court painter Diego Velázquez as an important influence. There is a theatrical dimension to his works, which are highly staged and ambiguous, just as his complex and open-ended scenes lend themselves to conflicting moods—at once nostalgic, darkly comical, disturbing, and grotesque. His paintings display a concentrated dialogue with previous art historical epochs, yet their unconventional compositions and curious narratives defy expectations and lend them an indefinable yet universal character.

The human is never depicted with personality more like a puppet, a sculpture. A statement of life underlining the purpose of life, that mans life doesn’t mean nothing outside of our heads. All these artists I’ve been looking at it, look at the figure not as a person but as a unconventional idea of man kind, they answer the question what does it mean to be human, this is the underlining the question i am trying to explore and research in my work, practical and theory.


Mombakkes I
56,5 x 44,5 cm
oil on canvas


38 x 55 cm
oil on canvas