Approved: 16.08.2006

Natalie Dowse

Artist

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
  • Contexts: Exhibition, Studio practice
  • Artforms: Drawing, Painting
  • Tags: graffiti, text, drawing, urban, love, installation, painting, landscape, figurative, emotion, tears, portrait, monochrome, gymnasts, nadia comaneci
 
 

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

Recent Exhibitions:
2018 - Testcard P, curated by Marco Cali, The Crypt, Marylebone Street, London 
2018 - Contemporary Masters from Britain, Tianjin Academy of Fine Arts Museum, China
2017 - Anything Goes? selected by Anna McNay, Art Bermondsey Project Space, London
2017 - Quay Arts Open, Quay Arts, Newport, Isle of Wight, UK
2017 - Contemporary Masters from Britain, The Yantai Art Museum, Yantai, China
2017 - Contemporary Masters from Britain, Jiangsu Arts & Crafts Museum, Artall, China 
2017 - Contemporary Masters from Britain, Jiangsu Art Museum, Nanjing, China
2017 - Small Works Group Exhibition, Jack House Gallery, Old Portsmouth, 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
2016-17 - 30x30x34, Contemporary British Painting Annual Show, St Marylebone Crypt, London
2016 - Wells Art Contemporary, Bishop's Palace, Wells Cathedral, Somerset, UK
2016 - Contemporary British Painting Summer Exhibition, Quay Arts, Isle of Wight, UK
2016 - Sixty, Art-Athina, Athens, Greece with Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes
2016 - Sixty, Lubomirov / Angus-Hughes Gallery, London, UK
2015-16 - Contemporary British Painting Group Show, St Marylebone Crypt, London, UK
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