World Turtle Day

Celebrating World Turtle Day with an untitled green ink illustration by an unknown artist.

Ink on paper

Part of the Gray’s School of Art Graphic Design Collection, the composition features a large turtle resting its head on the shell of the small tortoise.

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National Numeracy Day

Celebrating National Numeracy Day, 34811 by Annalisa Merrilees.

Mixed media on canvas, 2018

RGU Drawing and Painting Purchase Award

Artist’s statement:

Painting is a deeply personal experience. The intimacy between an artist and the canvas are a rare moment that, to some, will never be understood. My paintings capture the viewer’s attention, and for a moment, give them a glimpse into my frame of mind while making the work.

My process derives from an interest in the mental limits of the body and the subsequent physical effects. There is a visible struggle between control and chaos, which comes from my monomaniacal tendencies. Each piece has a set of routines that must be followed and completed in as close to one sitting as possible.

The use of a random number generator to allocate colours to the base grid allows the painting to begin its life illogically. By removing myself from this responsibility, it initiates a dialogue and set of problems, which I then respond to. The random and deliberate actions come together to create a sufficient formal balance within the work.

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