Laetitia Yhap

Laetitia Yhap

Concepts
In the early 1960s there was an influx of new ideas concerning what art was or might be. When I left the Slade I felt temporarily unable to continue working as if I had not been touched by these ideas. At the same time my allegiance to working as a figurative painter remained. I decided to use a medium which was new to me but leave the human figure out for the time being. At first working
in watercolour and then liquitex and egg tempera, a hybrid of my own invention, the paintings grew in size and substance and finally after about nearly a decade, the human figure as prime subject returned.

For the next 25 years I pursued a cycle of paintings which depicted the activities of the unique fishing fleet of Hastings.

Since that time there has been a protracted experimental period: works in a mosaic medium are the result of a continuing study of archaic and Roman art.Influences
Practice has been defined by a continually renewed attempt to use the human figure in context to express the less than heroic.Career path
1965 Diploma, Fine Art, Slade School, University College London
1962 NDD, Camberwell School of Arts and Craft, London
1962 Leverhulme Research Award, travelled in Italy for 10 months to study Renaissance Painting, Sculpture and Architecture
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Location Hastings, South East