Anji Dey-Clark West Yorkshire, United Kingdom
A figurative artist, I work predominantly in mixed media to create artwork that is representational and experimental. I create sensitive, spiritual pieces expressed through colour, form, line, and texture. I am working on self-initiated projects to build a current, cohesive and comprehensive portfolio, always pushing boundaries of my abilities to find ways to cross-over and develop my practice.
“ A painter paints the appearance of things, not their objective correctness, in fact he creates new appearances of things.” Ernst Ludwig Kirchner (German Expressionist from the Die Brucke group)
As an artist my style can be likened to figurative expressionism. My work moves away from depicting a realistic representation of what I see and is more of an emotional response. My work does not rely on realistic depictions of the external visual world. It comes from within me and so assessing the quality of my work would involve analysing my character and my feelings rather than the efficacy of the composition or the technique. I am versatile and eclectic as I like to cover a broad range of subjects, styles, and techniques which reflect my wide-ranging curiosity about the world in which we live and the way I see it. I do enjoy working ‘en plein air’ but only when the weather and my energy levels allow it, though I’m less interested in painting outdoors than in the subject of my paintings. So, I do most of my work in my home studio, painting from photos or composing a still-life, developing, and interpreting the original picture giving my own interpretation of the vibrancy, form, and structure of the subject. I paint from photos I take, and I develop and interpret the original picture giving my own interpretation of the vibrancy, form, and structure of the subject. My artwork becomes an impression of what I am seeing rather than a photographic representation of reality. It represents the concept of life and living, of the natural and the man-made, alongside recurring references to landscape and architecture. The wider arts scene is explored through sketches and simple watercolours of real experiences made through being out and about.
My practice has developed and matured over the years. I studied art at O and A level and recently gained a degree in Art as a form of enterprise and collaborative work. I have been exhibiting and selling my art professionally for a couple of years now, exhibiting at local art and craft fairs and galleries. My professional aim is to raise awareness of my artworks by extending my contacts in the artworld and market my skills as an artist. To be able to turn my passion into my career would be my ultimate goal. I participate in art clubs and do courses in an effort to always improve my current skills. I have my own website, social media pages and online shop. As well as selling my art, I would like to do more commissions, workshops and demonstrations to groups and individuals. My professional aim is to raise awareness of my artworks by extending my contacts in the artworld and market my skills as an artist. I have been exhibiting and selling my art professionally for a couple of years now and, being a qualified and experienced teacher, I would like to use those skills and my passion for art to inspire others to do art. To be able to turn my passion into my career would be my ultimate goal. I participate in many local art and craft fairs, art clubs and give painting demonstrations and workshops to groups and individuals. As well as selling my original artwork through galleries and exhibitions, I carry out commissions for private and commercial clients.