Today I was in Liverpool doing photographs and whilst there it was an opportunity I couldn’t miss out on and had to pay a visit. This was my first experience at viewing work in Tate galleries and the work on display was extraordinary. I saw work I’d previously researched and been influenced by as well as artists I have not heard of but make excellent work.
There featured artist’s work on display was the work of Henri Matisse (1869-1954) collection called ‘Matisse in focus’. It shows a great range of his work from drawing, painting, sculpture and shows the artist’s interest in the use of colour and the human figure. His artist practise ranges across portraiture, landscape, figure studies and still life.
It was good to see how an artist can range from several techniques and method throughout his life. examples of his work are below.
Other work I came across is Paul Cezanne (1839-1906) The Gardener Vallier. An oil painting on canvas.
Also Gillian Wearing. In second year I studied this series of work ‘Signs that say what you want them to say and not signs that say what someone else wants you to say’ and it was great to see her work up close.
This next piece of work I liked the look of as I felt I could relate it to my work. This piece is by Giacomo Balla (1871-1958) is called Abstract Speed- The Car has Passed (1913). From this work it was the fact it was abstract what caught my eye as the project I’ve developed into is my images getting a whole lot closer to construction site and not always being able to notice straight away what was being shown.
For people who dont see abstract often it’s difficult to view the work, as I found out with the person I was with at Tate, I had to explain what was going on in this piece until that person noticed what was happening. I want to get people looking at my work and spending time analysing and making connection as to what the subject is.