Approved: 23.08.2006

Rebecca Westguard

Artist, Lecturer / academic

Approved: 23.08.2006

Figurative painting & drawing compels me to infinitely study the delicacies and somewhat overwhelming variation of human physicality. I find the simple difference in appearance from one human to another captivating and a subject which I endeavour to portray in my current long term painting series of male & female sitters. With each figure in an identical position; it is a pose which perhaps speaks

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  • Location: North East, Scotland
  • Activities: Lecturing, Residencies, Workshops
  • Categories: Drawing, Mixed Media, Painting
  • Tags: life drawing, figure and life, human form, portrait, figurative, figure painting, traditional, mixed media drawing, life painting, figure drawing
 
 

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    Biography

    Figurative painting & drawing compels me to infinitely study the delicacies and somewhat overwhelming variation of human physicality. I find the simple difference in appearance from one human to another captivating and a subject which I endeavour to portray in my current long term painting series of male & female sitters. With each figure in an identical position; it is a pose which perhaps speaks for itself: strong & confident, the model is in control, not the onlooker, not the artist. The composition created allows the viewer to place themselves next to the painted figure they find relation too (see example ‘Linda’). I wish each subject of my work not to be viewed in the context of shape or size, but to capture the individual strength and beauty of the human form exhibited. This subject of human variety is one which I also portray within large mix media life drawings which I often coat in microcrystalline wax. Sometimes I draw into the wax and sometimes it’s applied after the drawing is complete. This technique often creates an overall tranquil image which I recurrently explore & display as male/female diptychs.

    CV & Education

    Solo Exhibition                    

    May - Jun 2011           ‘Comfortably Lost’, Meffan - Forfar

    Feb 2011                      ‘Studying the Figure’, North Glasgow College

                           

    Individual Exhibition/Collective Exposition             

    Sept - Nov 2013          Autumn Exhibition, The Biscuit Factory, Newcastle

    Sept 2011/2012          The Brighton Art Fair, Corn Exchange, Brighton

                           

    Selected Group Exhibition                    

    Dec 2013                      'Small Picture Show', Colbalt Contemporary, Pittenweem  

    Jun - Aug 2013            ‘New Work’, The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

    May 2002/10/12/13  Aberdeen Artist’s Society 68th, 76th, 78th, 79th Annual, Aberdeen Art Gallery

    Jan 2013                       ‘The Drawing Show’, Compass Gallery, Glasgow

    Nov - Dec 2010/12    ‘Winter Exhibition’, Meffan, Forfar

    Oct 2012                       Kinblethmont Gallery, By Arbroath

    Oct 2012                       The Affordable Art Fair, Represented by Nicolas Bowlby

    Oct 2011/Aug 2012   ‘Memory Exhibition’, Compass Gallery, Glasgow/Woodend Barn, Banchory

    Jun - Jul 2012               ‘Let’s Hear it for the Ladies’, The Rendezvous Gallery, Aberdeen

    Aug, Oct - Jan 2012   ‘The Year of the Light Exhibition’, Arbroath Library, Discovery Point - Dundee

    Dec-Jan 2011               Art at the Lemon Tree, Aberdeen

    Nov 2011                     Peacock Visual Arts, Aberdeen

    Oct - Nov 2010          NOACC National Open Art Competition, The Minerva Festival Theatre, Chichester

    Sept 2007/09/10       NEOS: North East Open Studios, St Cyrus/Johnshaven

    Dec - Jan 2008            The Belmont Picture House, Aberdeen

    Nov 2007                    Medical Foundation Art Auction, The Building Centre, Home of New London Architects

    Nov 2007                    Albyn Hospital, Aberdeen

    Nov 2007                    GHAT  Grampian Hospital Arts Trust, Aberdeen Royal Infirmary, Aberdeen

    Mar 2007                    ‘Home Grown Talent’, Duff House, Banff

    Jan 2003/2005            The Royal Society of Portrait Painters, Annual  Exhibition, The Mall Galleries, London

     

    Awards & Residencies

    2012                             Aberdeen Artists Shell 3rd Prize Winner 

    2010                             The Orrin Trust Prize Winner ‘The Best from Scotland’. National Open Art Competition 

    2009/2010/2011       Summer Artist Residency. The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust.

    2005                             Aberdeenshire Visual Arts Award 

    Aug - Nov 2002         Royal Scottish Academy: John Kinross Scholarship. Florence, Italy. 

     

    Professional Experience

    2003 - present          Drawing Short Course Lecturer - Gray's School of Art                           

    2003 - present          Freelance Artist: Masterclass Tuition, Visiting Artist Program - Aberdeen/Shire & Angus

    2010 - 2012                Arts Development Manager - The Patrick Allan-Fraser of Hospitalfield Trust, Arbroath

    2007 - 2009                Lead Artist - Art in Hospital - Aberdeen & Montrose       

    2003 - 2009                Lecturer - Aberdeen College                                                              

    2003 - 2009                Tutor - Aberdeen City and Shire Council Arts Development Team     

    2003 - 2005                Craft / Picture Framing Workshop Co-ordinator - Turning Point Scotland, Aberdeen                                                                                        

    Formal Education

    2003 - 2008                Aberdeen College

                                         City & Guilds 7307 (cert in further education), Assessment & Moderation, New to F.E                                                                       

    1998 - 2002               Gray’s School of Art, Robert Gordon University - Aberdeen

                                         BA (Hons) Fine Art

    1996 - 1998               Aberdeen College

                                         HNC Fine Art, National Certificate Modules in Drawing & Painting