Approved: 27.04.2018

Angela Eames

Artist, Maker, Teacher, Writer

Approved: 27.04.2018

I am an artist/drawer who makes drawings in graphite on paper, large format digital images and/or video works. My work is about line and the accumulation of hand-drawn or computer-generated line. Line is forged through pencil, pixel, polygon, vertex and spline in a process of simultaneous observation, fabrication and manipulation in both physical and virtual space. Line evolves into polygonal form in the 3-dimensional computing world and then emerges as a form of skin/membrane/field or scape in the 2-dimensional world. Line, as singular or composited, evolves into 3-dimensional object/place and ultimately emerges as 2-dimensional substance. The initial impact on both maker and viewer is one of surprise that such objects and/or places are possible.

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Artist Statement

I am an artist/drawer who makes drawings in graphite on paper, large format digital images and/or video works. My work is about line and the accumulation of hand-drawn or computer-generated line. Line is forged through pencil, pixel, polygon, vertex and spline in a process of simultaneous observation, fabrication and manipulation in both physical and virtual space. Line evolves into polygonal form in the 3-dimensional computing world and then emerges as a form of skin/membrane/field or scape in the 2-dimensional world. Line, as singular or composited, evolves into 3-dimensional object/place and ultimately emerges as 2-dimensional substance. The initial impact on both maker and viewer is one of surprise that such objects and/or places are possible.

Experience and knowledge derived from previous drawing practice in the material world informs my thinking and working procedures. Decisions regarding what to do and what to do next are governed by my experience as a drawer. My projections or conjectures with regard to the intangible stem from an awareness of the tangible and those of the invisible from an awareness of the visible and vice versa. I visually think through drawing. Drawing accommodates the coupling of the intuitive and the accidental with my rational and strategic behaviours. Drawing for me, might be summed up as what if? I am rethinking the position of the viewer and the viewed. Can I see differently? I am outside looking in - I can imagine the unseen but within the virtual environment I can see from the inside - out. I can move around, by means of a virtual camera, within virtual space. The virtual camera becomes my eye. I can use the computer to do something, which it can do and I cannot, which I can propose and it can provide, which I cannot see - until I can.

CV & Education

Angela Eames is a drawer who was born in Malmesbury, England in 1951. Eames studied at Bath Academy (BA Honours), The Slade School of Art (MA Fine Art), Centre for Computer Aided Art & Design at Middlesex University (MA Computing in Design and Programming) and Wimbledon School of Art affiliated to the University of Surrey (PhD). She has exhibited her work both nationally and internationally. Eames visual practice utilises all drawing media from autographic procedures, through computing (two and three-dimensionally) and moving image. Eames academic involvement included the initiation and direction of both the BA Honours in Drawing (the first such course in the UK) and the MA in Drawing at Camberwell College of Arts (University of the Arts, London). As a Research Fellow (attached to the Information and Technology Research Development Unit at the London Institute) she was Content Co-ordinator for the ground-breaking, BAFTA nominated and BIMA awarded DVD, entitled ‘Seeing Drawing’, a project which involved five major university partners across the UK, which launched in 2001. She was also responsible for the instigation of online learning via Blackboard at Camberwell in 1998. Eames has extended her teaching practice by taking drawing and creative thinking direct to the coalface, working for Framestore - CFC, where she challenged their animation team in a series of forums and life-drawing sessions around critical animation topics.

 

Exhibitions include...

RE: Bermondsey Artists Group Exhibition, Lake Gallery, London, 2019, Group Show

The London Group Open - The Cello Factory, London, 2019, Group Show

Metamorphosis - The Waterloo Festival, at The Cello Factory, London, 2019, Group Show

Co-curator of Drawing Distinctions(the return exhibition), The Cello Factory, London, UK, 2019. Group Show

In the Dark - The Cello Factory, London, 2019, Group Show

Drawing Distinctions - Furlong Gallery, Menomonie, Wisconsin, USA, 2018, Group Show

Coastal Currents - Open Studio Morley Farm Barn Studio, 2017/18 

S C A P E - Linden Hall Studio Gallery, Deal, 2018, Solo Show

Down from London - Linden Hall Studio Gallery, St Georges St, Deal, 2018. Group Show

The Mesh - Digital work at the Watermans Art Centre, 2017, Group Show

Personal Relations - Travelling Exhibition - Collaborative Shows

The Cello Factory, London, 6th - 16th December 2016

Pulchri Studio, The Hague (The Nederlands), 25th February - 29th March 2017

The Mirror Gallery, Vicenza (Italy), 29th April - 4th June 2017

London Group Opens - Cello Factory, London, 2007-2016.

Drawing - Art and Artefact, Morley Gallery, London, 2009, Group Show.

Daisyworld - installation at 1DEA5PAC7, London, 2008. Solo Show.

Surfacing - Total Arts Gallery, Dubai, 2008, Solo Show.

Building the Dream - Huf Haus, Etchingham, East Sussex, works for a house, 2008. Solo Show.

London Group - Deutsche Bank, London, 2008. Group Show.

Here and Elsewhere - Camberwell College of Art, 2007. Group Show.

Sovereign European Art Prize, selected exhibitor, London, 2007, Group Show.

Cubobianco - Glasgow School of Art, 2004, Group Show.

In and thro’ or somewhere thereabouts - Morley Gallery, London, 2004. Solo Show.

Collaboration with LABAN Dance Centre, Dance piece - Tamasa.  Choreographed by Angela Woodhouse.  Dance performance held in exhibition space of Eames new digital works, dancers -15, audience-15, and silence.

Drawing through Process - Travelling exhibition; Kingston University, Loughborough University, Birmingham Art Gallery, Chapel Gallery, St Helens, Hot Bath Gallery, Bath, Clifford Fisher Gallery, Exeter, 2003, Group Shows.

Joining the Dots - Davies Street Gallery, London Institute. Exhibitor and Curator of the exhibition, launch of Seeing Drawing DVD - opened by Lord David Putnam, 2001, Group Show.

Realising Through Drawing - Doctoral Exhibition, Camberwell College of Art, London, 2001, Solo Show.

Stormclouds - Contemporising Ruskin, Exhibitor and curator, Davies Street Gallery, London, 2000, Group Show.

Small is Beautiful - Flowers East Gallery, London, 1983/90/92/94/96. Group Shows.

Women Light Up the Night - Berlin, Germany, Sponsored by the Kulturamt Mitte, 1994, Group Show.

What after? - Centenary Gallery, Camberwell College of Arts, London, 1994, Group show.

Print Triennial ’94 - Kracow, Poland, 1994, Group Show.

PLAYallDAY + DRAWin Event - Dilston Grove, 24 Hours Duration London, 1994.

Kunstbrucke 2 - Galerie Parterre, Prenzlaur Berg, East Berlin, Germany, Three Person Show. Selected by Sacha Craddock and Darrell Viner, 1993.

With No Opinion - Lanchester Gallery, Coventry University, Coventry, sponsored by Midlands Arts, 1993, Solo Show,

With No Opinion Part 1 - Café Gallery, London, Sponsored by Greater London Arts, Southwark, Leisure and Commodore Business Machines, Pennsylvania, 1993, Solo Show.

With No Opinion Part 2 - St. James’s Gallery, London, Sponsored by Greater London Arts and Southwark Leisure and Commodore Business Machines, Pennsylvania, 1993, Solo Show.

The London Group at the Barbican - invited exhibitors, selected by individual members, The Barbican, London, 1992, Group Show.

Reflections - Small Mansion Arts Centre, London, 1992. Two Person Show.

Artist of the Day - Angela Flowers Gallery, London, 1984. Solo Show.

Lightbulb/installation - Pegasus Gallery, Berlin, Germany, 1981. Two Person Show.

Waterloo Gallery - London, 1980. Four Person Show.

The Importance of Drawing - James Hockey Gallery, Farnham, 1978. Group show.

 

Awards/Residencies…

British Council Award 2008, for solo exhibition Surfacing in Dubai.

UAL College Research Award 2004, for Pixelraiders conference, Sheffield Hallam University.

PhD by Creative Practice 2001, at Wimbledon School of Art (in association with Surrey University) 2001. Thesis - Extending drawing: a creative enquiry into innovatory approaches to drawing as visual thinking and the realisation of material and virtual outcomes.

Artist in Residence 2003, Montmiral School of Painting, Gaillac, France.

College Research Award 1999, for CADE ‘99, Middlesbrough and Drawing Across Boundaries, Loughborough University.

British Council Award 1998, for Kunstbrucke 2, (Two Person exhibition selected by Sacha Craddock and Darrell Viner), East Berlin, Germany.

Wolverhampton University Research Award 1995, PhD research, Wimbledon School of Art and Surrey University.

Greater London Arts, 1993, for With No Opinion, Café Gallery and St James’ Gallery, London.

Masters in Computing in Art and Design awarded 1992, CASCAAD, Middlesex University.

Ray Finnis Foundation Award 1992, for research work undertaken at CASCAAD, Middlesex University.

Commodore Business Machines 1992, USA, Vermont Studio Centre Scholarship and Chelsea College of Art Grant for Vermont Studio Centre Residency.

A.G.B.I. Award 1983.

British Council Award, 1981, for Lightbulb, Berlin, Germany

Greater London Arts, 1980, for Waterloo Gallery, London.

Masters in Fine Art awarded 1976, The Slade School of Art

Bachelor of Arts (First) awarded 1974, Bath Academy of Art

 

Published…

Photography as a Purveyor of the Present - Metamorphosis online catalogue essay, Angela Eames, 2019, http://www.thelondongroup.com/exhibitions/metamorphosis/metamorphosis.php

Pluto Passing - Short Stories, Angela Eames, published by stillhere, 2018. ISBN: 978-1-99962-10-1  https://www.amazon.co.uk/P-Pluto-Passing-Short-Stories/

Adhering to the Grid - The Drawings of Angela Eames, published by stillhere, 2017. ISBN: 978-1-999621-08-7 

Spatial Manoeuvres - The Drawings of Angela Eames, Interalia Magazine, (Interview with Richard Bright), 2015

Brush Lines not Brush Stokes - The drawings of Isabel Albrecht, Cornerhouse Publications, 2008. Preface to catalogue for Colour Progression exhibition at Patrick Heide Contemporary Art, ISBN: 978-3-941763-03-6

Embedded Drawing - The work of Michael Kidner, Writing on Drawing - Essays on Drawing Practice and Research, published by Intellect Books, 2008. ISBN: 978-1-84150-200-7

Surfacing catalogue, Total Arts Gallery, Dubai, 2008, published by Candlestar Ltd. ISBN: 978-0-9558661-0-4

The Inexorable Rise of Drawing, Annabel Tilley, Garageland Issue 6: Supernatural, 2007. http://www.transitiongallery.co.uk/documents/The_rise_of_drawing_Annabel_Tilley.pdf

Drawing Now - Drawing Research Network, published by IB Tauris, 2007, ISBN: 978-1-84511-533-3

Too Much Polish and Not Enough Spit. Published by TRACEY Drawing Journal, 2004

What is new work that is inherently out of sight? Pixelraiders 2 Sheffield Hallam University, 2004

Article in Digital Creativity 2002, Volume 13, No 4.  pp. 239-256, On LookingWriting at SeeingDrawing: Designing meaningful interactive experiences, interactive design, information architecture and pedagogy

Drawing through Process - Kingston University, Works selected for touring exhibition, 2003

Where as opposed to what is drawing now? Colloquium at Glasgow School of Art, Keynote speaker, 2003

Focus on Drawing, National College of Art and Design, Dublin, Keynote speaker, 2003

Joining the Dots - Preface for exhibition catalogue at launch of BAFTA nominated Seeing Drawing interactive DVD, 2001

From Drawing to Computing and Back Again. Drawing Across Boundaries, Loughborough University, 2000

A Five Step Guide (or things to watch out for when using computers), CADE at Teesside University, 1999

Once Upon a Meantime, Creativity and Cognition, Loughborough University, 1994

BAFTA Nomination for the joint collaborative DVD product Seeing Drawing, 2001

BIMA award for the joint collaborative product Seeing Drawing, 2001

Curator of Joining the Dots exhibition for the launch of Seeing Drawing, 2001

 

Membership…

Member of THE BERMONDSEY ARTISTS GROUP 2019

Member of THE LONDON GROUP since 2007

Fellow of the RSA since 1995

Member of ACM SIGGRAPH 1992-1995

Member of the Computer Arts Society 1992-1995