Approved: 11.02.2010

Grace Ayson

Artist

Archived
Approved: 11.02.2010

I am drawn to buildings and places that are in a state of flux, either decaying or being built. My choice of subject and interest in the built environment has been partly informed by places I have visited in the course of my work as a conservator of glass and architecture and places I have encountered whilst travelling, and I use drawing to capture the particular sense of place surrounding the sites

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  • Location: Ramsgate, South East
  • Artforms: Drawing
  • Tags: architecture & environment
 

Artist Statement

I am drawn to buildings and places that are in a state of flux, either decaying or being built. My choice of subject and interest in the built environment has been partly informed by places I have visited in the course of my work as a conservator of glass and architecture and places I have encountered whilst travelling, and I use drawing to capture the particular sense of place surrounding the sites I engage with, recording them as they are revealed by different light conditions. My drawings of these sites are romantic but not sentimental; they are much harder than that, reflecting my interest in the physical structures themselves. I use the simple processes of drawing with great intensity, responding to the limitations of the monochrome media and the confines of the support to capture the drama of light and atmosphere. I enjoy the tension between the representational nature of my drawings and the elements of the environment that become abstracted patterns as I explore the subject matter. My interest in the use and manipulation of light and its effects on man made environment has resulted in me exploring glass as a painting and drawing medium. Developing traditional glass painting techniques and exploiting its intrinsic relationship with light has allowed me to transcend the two dimensional image and translate the images I produce back into light in a cycle of stained glass 'paintings'.

CV & Education

Qualifications and training 1997 - BA (Hons) Fine Art Sculpture, Kent Institute of Art & Design, Canterbury Solo exhibitions 2011 - Contemporary Turner, Herne Bay Museum and Art Gallery, Kent 2009 - Drawings Of The Turner Contemporary, Droit House, Margate Group exhibitions 2009 - Turner Contemporary Open, Turner Project Space, Margate 2006 - Against The Light, Gallery 47, London 2006 - Drawn To Ruin, Canterbury Royal Museum and Gallery, Canterbury Residencies 2009 - Drawing Commission/Artist In Residence, Turner Contemporary, Margate Competitions, prizes and awards 2005 - Ashton Hill Award, Worshipful Company Of Glaziers and Glass Painters, London