Mao Yan

Mao Yan is a prominent Chinese contemporary portrait artist. His subjects appear ghostly and mythical, though representational; his portraits seem like just an impression, lacking the appearance of tactile flesh. Yan paints only in grey tones and often observes his subjects over long periods of time. His paintings are composed in a traditional style; often … More Mao Yan

Jordan Casteel

Jordan Casteel as an art student painted landscapes but her career is now defined by her painting of black men. Casteel’s interest in people comes from her introvert personality, taking the role of an observer in a room. Her consideration of environment, colour, paint and subject take the work further than simply being paintings of … More Jordan Casteel

Laura Lancaster

Laura Lancaster’s paintings are created using imagery from photographs and films found in junk shops and flea markets. Despite the subjects in her paintings being strangers to her there is an intimacy in the way Lancaster portrays the anonymous memories. The lack of context to the paintings allows the viewer to create their own narrative. … More Laura Lancaster


The definition of identity is that it is the characteristics that define what or who a person is. Identity is the way we see ourselves and the way we present ourselves to the world. Our identity is formed by our experiences and affects our personalities and views. Aspects of a person that are influential on … More Identity


My vision for this project is that I wanted my final pieces to be presented like family photographs would be. My stylistic inspiration for how I wanted my paintings to be presented were glass photo frames, where the photographs are held between two glass planes and framed by faux brass. My initial thoughts were to try … More Experimentation

Final Major Project – Statement of Intent

I think that significant developments in my work in Year 2 were most evident in my Unorthorthodox project, which explored how a traditional style painting is altered by experimentation with presentation in a gallery space. It was the first project of mine that I believe made my work relevant in comparison to contemporary work of … More Final Major Project – Statement of Intent