Approved: 23.08.2006

Miranda Donovan

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Approved: 23.08.2006

With a mixture of cement, filler PVA and oil paints I build brick walls on board. I carve in intricate bricks using a knife and nails to bring about a textured and tactile surface, into which I can scratch, literally attack, make marks and onto which I can apply different painting languages.
Graffiti is one kind of mark making I explore in my work. Aside from its universality and its illegal characteristics

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  • Location: London
 

Biography

With a mixture of cement, filler PVA and oil paints I build brick walls on board. I carve in intricate bricks using a knife and nails to bring about a textured and tactile surface, into which I can scratch, literally attack, make marks and onto which I can apply different painting languages. Graffiti is one kind of mark making I explore in my work. Aside from its universality and its illegal characteristics ultimately what draws me to it, is that it is a way an individuals voice is heard and by which a personal mark, though temporary, is left. Whilst exploring graffiti I began to consider types of housing such as architecture reminiscent of the Corbusian vision of a ville lumiere and types of housing which are non-architectural and temporary. However this interest has now shifted to focusing on the specific in architecture, at this stage bricks. Whilst I use particular, often loaded, graffiti style words and attack the surface, more often than not at random, ultimately I aim to combine fine art and street art into a coherent image which speaks of experiences and encounters, a word said, a look given, emotions felt. I am interested in the work of Jean Michele Basquiat, Dondi, David Hepher, Howard Hodgkin and Tapies.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 2003 - BA Fine Art: Painting, City and Guilds of London Art School, 124 Kennington Park Road, London 2002 - Arts Plastique, Ecole Superieure de Beaux Arts d'Aix en Provence, Aix en Provence, France Solo exhibitions 2013 - Walls, Lazarides Outsiders, London 2011 - The Home Unleashed, Lazarides Rathbone, Rathbone Place, London 2008 - Lost World Of Innocence, Lazarides, London 2006 - The Urban, Soundbyte, Bologna, Italy Group exhibitions 2012 - Bedlam, Old Vic Tunnels, London 2012 - Hix, Hix Belgraves, London 2012 - The Art of Architecture (curated from Frank Cohen collection), The Public, West Bromwich 2012 - The Beauty Myth, Cock 'n Bull, Tramshed, London 2011 - Life, Helen and Douglas House, Delfina Studios, London 2010 - The Minotaur, Old Vic Tunnels, London 2009 - Grow Up, Lazarides Rathbone, Rathbone Place, London 2009 - Menu Covers, Collaboration with Mark Hix, Frieze Art Fair, London 2009 - Permanent, Hix, Brewer Street, London 2009 - Permanent Installation , Hix, Brewer Street, London 2008 - Life, Helen and Douglas House, London 2008 - Outsiders, Bowery, Lower East Side, New York 2008 - Outsiders, Lazrides, Charing Cross Road, London 2008 - Outsiders, The New Art Gallery, Walsall 2008 - Shut Down Show, Lazarides, London 2007 - Form Art Fair, London, Olympia, The Woolff Gallery 2007 - London Art Fair, Business Design Centre, Islington, Business Design Centre, Islington, The Woolff Gallery 2007 - Outsiders, Lazarides Newcastle, Newcastle 2006 - Building On: Architecture But Not As You Know It, Stroud House Gallery, Stroud, Gloucestershire 2006 - Dulwich Art Fair, Exhibiting with New British Artist, Dulwhich, London 2006 - Warning: This Art Can Seriously Affect You and Those Around You, Zizi Gallery, Shepherd Market, Mayfair, London 2005 - Graduate Exhibition, City and Guilds of London Art School, 124 Kennington Park Road 2005 - Life Squared, Old Chelsea College of Art, Bagley's Lane, Chelsea, London Competitions, prizes and awards 2006 - Selected for the Celeste Art Prize Catalogue, Truman Brewery, London 2005 - 5,000 Fenton Trust Award, City and Guilds of London Art School, London 2005 - Kidd Rapinet Painting Prize for a Final Year Student, City and Guilds of London Art School, London 2005 - Painter Stainer's Painting Prize for a Final Year Student, City and Guilds of London Art School, London 2005 - Painter Stainer's Painting Prize for a Final Year Student, Painter Stainer's Hall, London