Amelia D H Tovey
"I like long car journeys, and I like painting vehicles and their interiors. I also like documenting the people in my life, mainly their character and mood, in a particular moment. I like painting people from life, it feels so much more honest and intimate. I’m interested in people’s homes and objects within them. I like the seaside, forests, and I like being outdoors as much as I like painting people climbing over rocks, jumping into water and interacting with their environments in ways that express joy. Moments I feel nostalgic for before the moment has even passed."
- extract from my artists statement, 2021.
I am a painter, illustrator, animator and ceramic artist currently based in the midlands, UK.
My practice aims to document poignant, everyday moments, curating memories and nostalgic visions to enable the space for joy and appreciation, quietness and gentleness. I'm interested in the concept of art and curation as 'junction-making' between people, objects and places: (this concept was described by J.G.Ballard in conversation with Hans Ulrich Obrist.)
I graduated from BA Graphic Communication Design at Central Saint Martins in June 2020, where I was nominated for a Maison/0 award and two pieces from my graduate collection were acquired by UAL's permanent art collection. View our class of 2020 graduate showcase here.
Throughout August 2020, my painting 'A Watery End' was featured on a billboard in Camden by Tate Collective.
I've illustrated two books: the first, 'Growing So Well & Other Poems' written by Sunita Edirisooriya and self-published in August 2020. The second is children's book The Grumpy Lion written by Gillian Vessey and self-published in December 2020.
I am currently completing an MA in Character Animation at CSM, where my current work includes directing an animated documentary sting for London International Animation Festival (screening November 2021 at the Barbican Centre).
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