Author Archive for Gavin Lenaghan

5 Lesser-Known Artists to Have Used Their Bodies for Their Art

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To what extent would you be willing to use your own body for your art? That is a question that many artists over the last century, in particular, have asked themselves, producing results that have been by turns insightful, controversial…

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The Basics of Setting Up Your Own Printmaking Studio

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The ubiquity of the printed image in our contemporary world makes it unsurprising that the art of printmaking – encompassing such traditional disciplines as relief, intaglio, screen printing and lithography – continues to capture so many artists’ imaginations. However, while…

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3 of the Most Controversial Works of Public Art

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It seems that everyone has an opinion on public art, whether positive or negative. Is it all a waste of taxpayers’ money, or a welcome way to add interest to what may otherwise be a dull urban or rural landscape?…

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What Are Your Options for an Art Short Course?

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In an age that has seen a scary heightening in fees for prolonged full-time art and design courses, and yet also a greater interest in seemingly every aspect of the arts than ever, it’s unsurprising that art short courses have…

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3 surprisingly invaluable books for turning from an amateur into a professional artist

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Some artists handle the divide between amateur and professional more easily than others. While some can become disillusioned by a stop-start practice defined by only occasional sales or gallery interest (perhaps due to prohibitive time, money or location factors), others…

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The Stories Behind 5 of the UK’s Greatest Art Colleges

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If there is one type of institution that may never receive its just credit for its pivotal role in producing some of the world’s genuine creative greats – in fields often far transcending fine art – it has to be…

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Tips for building up your contacts list as a professional artist

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It can be very easy, as an aspirant or current artist, to see the broader art world as arcane and impenetrable, in which those who possess the ‘gift of the gab’ all too often triumph over those with the most…

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6 Great Abstract Artists You Shouldn’t Ignore

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Painting may be the artistic medium that has been declared ‘dead’ more times than any other, but for as long as there exists some kind of paint, some kind of painting surface and some kind of human being to bring…

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How to Make the Most of Your Fine Art Degree Show

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A true landmark event – or ‘rite of passage’ – in the life of a professional artist is their university degree show. It may be the first and last time you ever formally exhibit your work to the public, or…

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Introduction to the sugar lift etching process

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If you find yourself wishing to marry the largely technical process of etching with a more painterly, intuitive style, then you may consider experimenting with the sugar lift etching process. This process, as you might expect from the above, involves…

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