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Education: Glasgow School of Art 1987-1991.
Job: University Lecturer (Visiting Professor.)
Discipline: Fine Art,Sculpture
Influences: Cubism, Fauvism, Automism, Contemporary Painters,
Lyrical Abstraction, Hard Edged painting, Geometrical Abstraction, Color-Field, Modernism.
Interests: Psychology and Metaphysics
Present Location: South Korea.
I'm not famous and I am not an expert on Art History.
I am purely an artist who wants to share an interest
in Painting using the Abstract Art Form.
I am really interested in your ideas and views, so please send me your comments and I will reply.....:)
Art school shaped my life...Because after it ended my life
improved! (I don't think I was ready to go to Art School when I did!)
Brief Early History
My painting, Blue Rectangle . Find out more..
Initially it totally shocked me because it seemed
that the focus wasn't about your skill as an artist it was
all about how you verbally expressed yourself.
I wasn't prepared for this being eighteen years old and
having never seen a Double Decker bus before!
I was from a small town on the West Coast of Scotland
who spent every waking hour perched in a draughty
room trying to paint like the, 'old masters!'
High School art was all about developing a skill, something
that you could be graded on, not about developing concepts.
Art School wasn't enjoyable for me but I accept full
responsibility for that.
I was terrible at defending my work as it was difficult to
explain why I was doing it. I didn't know that you
needed to have a reason.
Knowing myself was the biggest problem as my art was all
about passing an exam.
After spending years developing my figurative style at home
I realised that Politically the Art school didn't want me.
They were much more interested in the Movements of the time,
their theory and developing clones of previous Contemporary
Artists. However after graduating Art School in 1991 my life was much more positive.
As an individual at Art School the 'real me' hid behind my skill
of painting representational subjects. I was good at it.
However it didn't seem to connect me to who I really was.
Being afraid of yourself stops you experiencing joy
and love but it took me a long time to realise that.
After art school I didn't paint for about twelve
years but I lived my life and experienced many things on my
travels. I grew as a person and one day I decided to paint.
It was amazing and I was surprised. What came through me on
to the canvas was nothing like the work that I had done before. I felt that I really was expressing myself.
Somewhere along my life's experience I must have let go.
I remember thinking to myself, "I don't care, I only need to
please one person. Me."
It gave me joy because it felt good and I realised that
I was free.
You may ask yourself, "Well how did she do that then?"
The honest answer is that I'm still trying to work it out.
I don't know what the mechanism is.
So all I can say to those of you who need to be inspired is, it's ok to be yourself. Embrace your individual artisitc voice and don't be afraid!
After all Kandinsky wasn't.
P.S Love and best wishes from Joanna Jamolod; the contemporary abstract painter.