Approved: 16.08.2006

Natalie Dowse

Artist, Graphic designer

Approved: 16.08.2006

I work from the close examination of the photographic image or extracted film still, derived from the surveillance, documentation and scrutiny of various locations. Carefully selected resource material is either used in isolation, in sequence or spliced together to make fictional scenarios, which form the basis of paintings, drawings, installations and video.

The impression of the split-second moment

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  • Location: Portsmouth, South East
  • Activities: Higher education, Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops
  • Categories: Drawing, Painting, Textiles
 
 

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    Biography

    I work from the close examination of the photographic image or extracted film still, derived from the surveillance, documentation and scrutiny of various locations. Carefully selected resource material is either used in isolation, in sequence or spliced together to make fictional scenarios, which form the basis of paintings, drawings, installations and video.

    The impression of the split-second moment captured in time is often accentuated by the composition and framing of the snapshot, whether real or digitally manipulated, questioning the validity and truth of the lens-based image. By using these photographic sources, I am elevating the status of the original image by drawing on the considered value and the historic eminence of painting and image production.

    The work often appears soft, blurred, degraded and out-of-focus alluding to the original photographic source, but at the same time firmly employing the language of paint through the physicality of the medium, with emphasis on exaggerated contrast, heightened colour and the brush stroke. The paintings are often produced in series and are presented as stand-alone works, or placed in sequences that are arranged in seemingly random configurations. These construct alternative narratives and acknowledge and mark moments that are irrevocably in the past.

    CV & Education

    Forthcoming Exhibition:
    2016 - Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, UK

    Recent Exhibitions:
    2016 - Sixty, Art-Athina, Athens, Greece with Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes
    2016 - Sixty, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, London, UK
    2016 - Contemporary British Painting Group Show, St Marylebone Crypt, London, UK

    Solo Exhibitions
    2013 - Going Home, GASP, Art Space Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
    2010 - Work in progress, ARC, Aspex, Portsmouth, UK
    2009 - Surveillance, GASP, Art Space Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
    2008 - Skimming the Surface, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby
    2008 - Skimming the Surface, The Buxton Dome, University of Derby, Buxton, Derbyshire
    2007 - Between the lines, Millais Gallery, Southampton Solent University, Southampton
    2000 - My Little Whistlejacket, Access Aspex, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
    1998 - Hyperreplica, Havant Arts Centre, Havant, Hants
    1998 - The State of Hyperreplica, The Arts Workshop, Newbury
    1998 - The State of Hyperreplica, The Corn Exchange, Newbury

    Selected Group Exhibitions
    2015 - Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age, St Marylebone Crypt, London, UK
    2014-15 - @PaintBritain, Ipswich Art School, Ipswich, UK
    2014-15 - Contemporary British Painting, Priseman-Seabrook Collection, Huddersfiled Art Gallery
    2014 - Close Encounters: Natalie Dowse & Jeannie Driver, GASP, Art Space Portsmouth, UK
    2013 - Rock, Paper, Scissors, GASP, Art Space Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
    2011 - INPA1, Exhibition in Print, Manifest Gallery, Cincinatti, Ohio, USA
    2011 - Mottisfont Open, Mottisfont Abbey (National Trust), Romsey, Hants. UK
    2010 - Quay Arts Open, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, UK
    2009 - 800 feet, SPACE, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
    2008 - New Encounters, Tregoning Gallery, Derby, UK
    2008 - The Wirksworth Festival, Parish Rooms, Wirksworth, Derbyshire
    2007 - ASP Re-launch Exhibition, ex-gallery, Art Space Portsmouth
    2007 - Liminal, Candid Galleries, Islington, London
    2007 - Queen Street Gallery, Emsworth, Hampshire
    2007 - Sugar and Spice, Vegas Gallery, Shoreditch, London
    2006 - April Fools Trucker Prize, Truck Art, Various locations around Portsmouth
    2006 - Drawing Space, The Inaugural Show, Artspace Southwell, Southwell, Notts
    2006 - Rework Replay, Grey Area, Brighton
    2006 - Riga Residency Exhibition and Presentation, e-t+t Residency Space, Riga, Latvia
    2005 - Chichester Open, Minerva Theatre, Chichester
    2005 - Common Ground, ArtSway Open, ArtSway, New Forest, Hampshire
    2005 - Redundancy, Access Aspex, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
    2004 - Monochrome, Third Floor Arts Centre, Portsmouth
    2004 - Southampton Open, Southampton City Art Gallery, Southampton
    2003 - Altogether, Untitled Gallery, Hampstead, London
    2003 - Fresh Art, Business Design Centre, Islington, London
    2003 - In Residence, The Wall Gallery, University of Portsmouth
    2002 - Director's Choice, Havant Arts Centre, Havant, Hants
    2002 - Latitude, Storehouse No.9 Historic Dockyard, Portsmouth
    2002 - Words in Works, Beatrice Royal Gallery, Eastleigh, Hants
    2001 - A matter of, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth
    2001 - Corpus, The Storey Gallery, Lancaster
    2001 - Key Works, Portsmouth Museum, Portsmouth
    2000 - This town ain't big enough for the both of us, Ether Gallery, Portsmouth

    Artist Talks
    2010 - Life after Art School, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
    2009 - Life after Art School, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
    2008 - Engaging with the Body, Sherborne House, Dorset
    2008 - Residencies, De La Warr Pavilion, Bexhill-on-Sea
    2008 - Skimming the Surface, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, Derby
    2008 - What next?, University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth, UK
    2007 - Residencies, Aspex Gallery, Portsmouth

    Residencies
    2007-2008 - The Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award and Teaching Fellowship, University of Derby, Derby
    2006 - Arts Council England & Braziers International Artists Workshop Fellowship, e-t+t Residency Space and 'Art Home' Artists' Union of Latvia, Riga, Latvia
    1997 - Sponsored Studio Award, Art Space Portsmouth, Portsmouth

    Competitions, Prizes and Awards
    2008 - Shortlisted for John Moores Painting Prize
    2006 - Shortlisted for Celeste Painting Prize, Work published in catalogue, London

    Publications
    2015 - Documentary Realism: Painting in the Digital Age (by Robert Priseman)
    2015 - Priseman Seabrook Collection of 21st Century British Painting (by Robert Priseman)
    2014 - @PaintBritain: 45 Contemporary Painters (by Simon Carter)
    2011 - Manifest INPA1 exhibition in print catalogue
    2009 - The Public Catalogue Foundation: Oil Paintings in Public Ownership (Derbyshire)
    2008 - Skimming the Surface exhibition catalogue, Jonathan Vickers Fine Art Award
    2006 - The Celeste Painting Prize Catalogue

    Education
    1996 - MA Fine Art (by project), University of Portsmouth, Portsmouth
    1992 - BA (Hons) Fine Art, Falmouth School of Art, Cornwall