Painting the Beast

Painting the Beast

Course dates: 26 - 28 May 2020  (Tuesday - Thursday)

We are out window shopping in town when we trip on an uneven paving stone and before we hit the ground have become a ball of fear and fury, the veil of our civilization torn from us and replaced by a deeper instinctive, animal response.

We are fascinated by animals and by the animal in us. And this relationship is a constant and powerful theme in art whether that be Babara Kingsolver’s exploration of her own fecundity in the Prodigal Summer, Kiki Smiths’ tactile sculptures, tapestrys, drawings and prints, Paula Rego’s ‘ dog women’ and anthropomorphised rabbits, dogs and monkeys, Picasso’s minotaurs or films such as The Levelling by Hope Dickson Leach or Bullhead by Michael R Roskam that powerfully and shockingly examine our contemporary  agricultural relationships with the animal.

On this 3 day course practical course we will work in an expressive,  gestural and tactile manner through drawing and painting on paper at a large scale from photographs and models to make images that combine the observational  with our felt experience.

Each day will start with a slide show of relevant contemporary and historical artists and there will be regular critical reflections as the work develops.


Event Details

Start Date 26-May-2020 9:30 am
End Date 28-May-2020 4:30 pm
Price £240.00
Reference PTB/2020/0526NB
Location Seawhite
Course Details Painting the Beast May 2020.pdf

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Emily Ball at Seawhite,
2 Downs View Road,
East Sussex,
BN25 4PT
Telephone: 01903 743 537


Emily Ball at Seawhite
Seawhite Studio,
Star Road,
Partridge Green
West Sussex RH13 8RY
United Kingdom