This week, we’re featuring the artwork of Helen Payne, a second year English student…
Acrylic on canvas
“I took a picture of a metallic coffee pot with a glass lid against a background of navy and white striped material. I hung it as a backdrop, then gathered it together around the bottom of the pot to create huge contrasts of shadow and light. I started to draw the image out in pencil on to an A1 sized canvas, then began to paint sections at a time in acrylic – first the striped material, then the pot’s reflections, then the artist-inspired material in the background.
I chose two contrasting pieces of famous artwork incorporate into the piece, which I did by taking a small section of their painting and making it look like folded material. I chose Henri Matisse’s Harmony in Red and Preparedness by Roy Lichtenstein as I thought the colours, notably the reds, worked well together. The folded sections of material were the hardest, and took the longest amount of time, but ultimately the most rewarding aspect of this piece in its finished outcome.”