Lot 194 - Vanessa Brassey - Dog Days in Spring
Acrylic on paper
Signed on Verso
This auction is raising proceeds for The Hepatitis C Trust
I am a figurative painter working in acrylic inks and oils on canvas, glass and metal, and academic philosopher. I aim to depict my local world in a way that resists simple naturalism. Beguiling the viewer with landscapes and portraits that resonate with emotional complexity and possibility. My research investigates emotions, memory, and dreaming – an area ripe with open puzzles for the scientific community. They occupy me when I am reading and writing, but also when I am looking and painting.
My paintings mirror my experience of the world. Increasingly, I introduce elements of heightened clarity to juice things up and combine this with a mischievous and irreverent use of colour. I blend direct observation with photographic evidence and a bright palette. I want to convey how it feels to be endlessly beguiled and moved by the complexity and possibilities of our shared planet by capturing those transient feelings that make up the quicksilver of our lives. I began showing my paintings during lockdown. Up until then my sketchbooks were just a private sanctuary recording the pull between wild wanderlust and sensible mothering. When I started posting my daily sketches from my walks around Hampstead Heath, it became clear that many shared the passion for the park. With encouragement the sketches developed into in a painted collection where I could experiment with new grounds (metal, boards, wineboxes and so on).
My work has been shortlisted in 2022 for the Royal Institute of Watercolour Painters, The Holly Bush Emerging Women Painters Prize, the Jackson Painting Prize, and the Beep! Biannual Painting Prize. I also lecture and teach on the MA Philosophy programme at King's College London, and I was awarded the British Society of Aesthetics Research Fellowship for my project ‘Time for Beauty’ 2022-3. Straddling both Art & Philosophy, I co-run collaborations with the Tate, National Gallery, and The Photographers Gallery introducing philosophical puzzles to the curious minded in digestible and delightful formats. Basically, it’s philosophy (without the boring bits)
Degree in Portraiture Art Academy London (in progress), Post-Doctoral Fellowship in Philosophy researching 'Time for Beauty' King's College London & BSA (2023), PhD Philosophy (2020) King's College London, Masters in Philosophy (2014) King's College London, UG degree in Political History (1994) University of Birmingham
The Affordable Art Fair Battersea 2023, The Affordable Art Fair Hampstead Heath 2023, Must Wine Bar Hampstead (December 2022), The Lido Cafe Hampstead Heath (Spring 2022).
Statement about AOAP Submitted Artwork
These postcard paintings mirror my experience of the world. I see my surrounding in technicolour and enjoy time in the studio processing what I see by blending direct observation with photographic evidence and a bright palette. I began painting professionally during lockdown when I opened up my private sketchbooks for the first time on instagram. I started by posting my daily sketches from my walks around Hampstead Heath and it's been a joy to find some many others who share a passion for the park.
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