Art and photography

Most of my paid work has been about historical art, design or architecture, but I am also a practising artist.

I use a variety of media. Currently, photography is my main medium, but I would love to do some printing, and I intend to return to painting.

I have rarely exhibited my work, despite a precocious start at 13 years old with an enamelled copper dish in a national exhibition of children’s art.

Cricket at Bamburgh © Janet E Davis 2011

Cricket at Bamburgh © Janet E Davis 2011

A couple of my pieces were shown at the V&A Museum in 2000, and subsequently acquired for the museum’s permanent collection. More recently, one of my photographs was included in a digital display – ‘Documenting Contemporary London’ – at the Royal Academy in 2010. One of my photographs was featured in The Guardian’s The Northerner blog in 2011. A regional paper, The Journal, has published a few of my photographs: one of a baptism in the sea in 2010, one of a culture hack day event at the Discovery Museum in 2011, and one I took of Herb Kim and artist Kelly Richardson at a CultureCode event in spring 2012.

I enjoy taking photographs of people at digital technology events. Some urban and coastal areas feature a lot in my photographs because they are places that I find especially fascinating as the light, weather and people change them.

I would love to do more life drawing and painting, and to return to portraiture. Human beings are the most astonishing things that I have seen in this universe, and a lifetime is not long enough to study and depict them.

Life drawing

I wrote a number of blog posts early in 2011 about my experience of life drawing after not having done any for about a decade. These continue to attract a steady flow of readers.

Life drawings blog posts

Life study © Janet E Davis 2011

Detail from life drawing

The weekly blog posts that I wrote about life drawing again after not doing any for about 10 years are on my Janet’s Jottings blog.

I attended 3 blocks of untutored life drawing, and managed to write something about the experiences regularly.

Block 1 blog posts

  1. Life drawing 2011 (has links to drawing from other weeks);
  2. Life drawing 2011 Week 4
  3. Life drawing 2011 Week 5
  4. Life drawing 2011 Week 6

Block 2 blog posts

  1. Life drawing 2011 Week 7
  2. Life drawing 2011 Week 8
  3. Life drawing 2011 Week 9
  4. Life drawing 2011 Week 10
  5. Life drawing 2011 Weeks 11 & 12

Block 3 blog posts

  1. Life drawing 2011 Week 13
  2. Life drawing 2011 Week 14
  3. Life drawing 2011 Week 15
  4. Life drawing 2011 Week 16
  5. Life drawing 2011 Week 17
  6. Life drawing 2011 Week 18

Examples of artwork

Student artwork from 1979 to 1980.

Landscape paintings.

Street dancer.

Flower paintings.

Photographs

Just a few sets as examples:

Ouseburn June 2012

Coastal views June 2012 01

The Late Shows 2012

Rus in urbe

DIBI 2012 04

My 2011 monthly selection

UKPSA North East Open 2012

At the edge 9

Qualifications:

M Phil [art history – thesis title: Sir Luke Fildes, RA (1843 – 1927): His Social Realist Paintings]. University of Northumbria.

BA (Hons) History of Modern Art, Design & Film. Newcastle upon Tyne Polytechnic. (I also studied on the BA (Hons) Fine Art course for a year before transferring to art history.

Certificate in Pre-degree Foundation Studies [art, design, art history]. Great Yarmouth College of Art & Design.

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