Open Studios 3: Catherine King, Barry McAuslane, James Sinfield, Benjamin Sullivan,

Open Studios 3: Catherine King, Barry McAuslane, James Sinfield, Benjamin Sullivan,

Tuesday 4 May at 7pm on Zoom
Registration open until 5pm

The third in our new series of virtual studio visits to artists exhibiting in this year’s RSA Open Exhibition. This time we drop-in on four painters. Join Charlie Leeson on this whistle stop tour to hear about their work and studio practice.

Catherine King

“In the last 12 months, more than ever, my studio has been my haven. I have everything I need here to create work in Painting and Printmaking. I have concentrated during lockdown on taking myself on virtual holidays, revisiting sketchbooks and creating paintings and etchings inspired by the unused pages and photographs I’ve gathered in Scotland and in Italy. Some of these works will be on my studio walls and in progress. I avoided painting myself in a project to paint 60 wonderful women, pre Covid 19, but have now completed a self- portrait drawing in pastel which I hope will amuse (not yet seen in public). I am a part time Lecturer in Drawing, Painting and Printmaking at ForthValley College so my studio has been my tutorial area, office, demonstration place and more.”

Barry McAuslane

“I usually work in a methodical, obsessive manner and use the acrylic pens on top of acrylic paint to form small shapes, often boxes and  lines to make something that I find visually interesting.

The more I think of the process and try to understand it I have been thinking back to when I started Art College when I was first introduced to an Apple computer. My lecturer said that I should imagine a computer as a tool for design as well as being a filing system with an almost infinite amount of drawers to store things. I like to think the squares represent thoughts, dreams, long forgotten things and things that are impossible to articulate. At present I’m fascinated by how a dream can come to mind randomly from when I was a child, for me it backs up the thought that everything a person has ever thought or done is still there in some way inside the computer of the mind.

Among many other things that interest me is a man called Kim Peek, he was the inspiration behind the Dustin Hoffman movie, Rainman. According to reports he could accurately recall the contents of 12,000 books! This thought brings me hope that the human beings have far greater potential than we currently are capable of using and hopefully this could move humanity to a more civilised state.”

James Sinfield

James Sinfield is an Edinburgh based painter who explores the absurdity and beauty of the Anthropocene and how we inhabit our space. James is inspired by psychogeography and attempts to make sense of post-industrial Edgelands and other innominate places. Layers of paint applied and removed reveal layers – the process echoing the repeated erasure and construction of the Edgelands themselves.

Benjamin Sullivan

Now based in Sussex, Benjamin  studied painting and drawing at Edinburgh College of Art, graduating in 2000. His work has been widely exhibited, including at the Royal Academy and National Portrait Gallery. Among other distinctions, he has received a Carrol Foundation Award, the Kinross Scholarship, and a grant from the Elizabeth Greenshields Foundation. In 2007 he won the Lynn Painter-Stainers Prize.

He was elected a member of the New English Art Club and the Royal Society of Portrait Painters in 2001 and 2003 respectively, becoming the youngest person to be elected to those institutions. In 2009, he was made a Freeman of the Worshipful Company of Painter-Stainers.

In 2009 he became artist in residence at All Souls College where he undertook a large commission depicting the College staff. The resulting work, The All Souls Triptych, was displayed at the Ashmolean Museum in 2012 and now sits in one of Hawksmoor’s twin towers at All Souls College. In 2014 Sullivan was appointed Artist in Residence at the Reform Club. 

In 2016, Sullivan won third prize in the BP Portrait Awards for a painting of the poet Hugo Williams before winning first prize in 2017 for ‘Breech!’, a portrait of his wife breast-feeding their infant daughter.

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