Saturday, July 12, 2008

Featured in the Guardian Guide

Today I'm featured in the weekend Guardian Guide:

"As a culmination of her Derby artist-in-residence stint, Natalie Dowse presents paintings and animations that reflect something of the awkward bemusement experienced by any first-time visitor to a typically nondescript shopping centre. Working from digital portraits, Dowse fleshes out the photographic glimpses through the more painstaking process of painting. The anonymous faces appear transfixed by the mundane quandary, their meticulously delineated features belying a tendency to become absorbed back into the crowd. Other works focus on the consumer treadmills of escalators and cable cars." Robert Clark

You can see it online here:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Skimming the Surface Exhibition

Shortlisted for John Moores

Recently I was shortlisted to stage two of the John Moores Painting Prize with this painting:

Between the lines (polar bear) Oil on linen - 2007
Copyright Natalie Dowse

I managed to get to the last 140 - but didn't make it any further which was a real shame. Better fortune next time!

Vickers Fine Art Award 2007-08

I have just completed Derbyshire Community Foundation's Vickers Fine Art Award residency and teaching fellowship at the University of Derby. My work is currently on show at Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby until 24th August 2008. This work will also be on show at the Wirksworth Festival in September and the Buxton Dome (dates TBC). I have documented the entire residency (10 months) on the following blogsite:

Constellation (detail) Oil on canvas - 2007 copyright Natalie Dowse

There is aso 32 page colour catalogue to accompany the Skimming the Surface exhibition. Please email me for further details.

I will post more of the work produced during the residency here soon.


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