Rosalynd Aranel Byass Tyne and Wear, United Kingdom
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Rosalynd Byass is a modern surrealist born in South Shields, England and now lives and works in Jarrow, England, working primarily in oils. She aims to visualise her mental reality with a focus on her experience with her mental health day-to-day, which includes anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD, creating surreal narratives with her own library of imagery.

Since 2019, Rosalynd has been studying surrealism and creating oil paintings, in that time achieving a First Class Fine Art degree. Surrealism was about rebellion, unlocking the unconscious mind and exploring reality through creative means. For Rosalynd, she aims to visualise her mental reality with a focus on her experience with her mental health day-to-day, which includes anxiety, depression, OCD and PTSD. Commissioned by the UK singer/songwriter/musician Mr. B the Gentleman Rhymer, she created the cover for his album "National Treasure” released in November 2023. Notable exhibitions include the North-East Artists Open Call at The Baltic Centre for Contemporary Art (2021), the WHITE HOLE exhibition in the Ex-Libris Gallery at Newcastle University (2024) and the Art As A Response To Mental Health online exhibition by Doncaster Art Fair (2024). A zine titled 'Scribbles: Uncanny' included three pages dedicated to her work created and printed by the not-for-profit ScribblesArt (2023). Her biggest achievement of 2024 so far was being shortlisted in the VAA International Exhibition & Scholarship Prize with her piece “This woman does not exist” (2024). She has begun to give talks about her work, and so far she has been a guest on ‘Jo’s Art History Podcast’ and a finalist in the SkillUp Awards North East where she used her knowledge to educate and inspire.

My art is therapeutic for me as I am expressing everything in my mind causing distress. The dialogue between myself and the canvas is as direct as possible to capture nuances and unconscious thoughts. The worth of my art comes from its authenticity - the foundation of surrealism. I have an interest in visualising the mental world because that is how I process reality. A large part of surrealism was unlocking the unconscious mind and exploring the dreamscape, and so I use these to learn how I am truly processing my reality. I hope to express the strangeness of our existence through my work with a focus on my own experiences and feelings. Therefore, the imagery I use, whilst inspired by the surrealists, is highly personal. On the canvas, I want to create a world for the feeling to exist in, painting thin layers of realistic rendering, and composition, depth and lighting are always carefully considered. I hope to help myself and others process reality with my authentic, surrealist art.

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'There is nothing there', Oil on canvas, 2024, £480

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Weird and Ashamed III, Oil on canvas, 2020, £80

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Weird and Ashamed II, Oil on canvas, 2020, £100

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Weird and Ashamed I, Oil on canvas, 2020, £100

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This woman does not exist, Oil on canvas, 2021, £900

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The Soup of the Unconscious is Eaten by the Woman I Desire, Oil on canvas, 2022

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The Lady Searching For Her Missing Right Arm II, Oil on canvas, 2022, £1030

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The Lady Searching For Her Missing Right Arm I, Oil on canvas, 2022, £1340

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Let Me Leave This Place, Oil on canvas, 2022, £560

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The Prophecy, Oil on canvas, 2023, £800

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A version of me went with you, Oil on canvas, 2023, £150

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AB AETERNO, Oil on canvas, 2023, £150

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The Body of Someone Who Was Hurt II, Oil on canvas, 2023, £50

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The Body of Someone Who Was Hurt I, Oil on canvas, 2023, £240

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I Will Never Be Without You, Oil on canvas, 2021

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National Treasure, Oil on canvas, 2023, £400

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The Abstract Concept of You, Oil on canvas, 2024, £1000

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'Art As A Response to Mental Health' Doncaster Art Fair Online Exhibition & Competition

03/06/2024 — 17/06/2024

An exhibition focussed on how mental health is explored in art. Hundreds of artists were exhibited, and there was a competition aspect. I submitted two artworks; "There is nothing there" - a piece about the conflict of anxiety and depression, and "Let Me Leave This Place" - a piece about OCD.

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WHITE HOLE Exhibition

13/02/2024 — 16/02/2024

Organised by the BFREAK PROJECT, a group of creatives of different disciplines came together to demonstrate the power of creativity.

Ex-Libris Gallery, Newcastle University, Newcastle Upon Tyne Details

Visual Artists Association International Exhibition and Scholarship Prize 2024

15/01/2024 — 08/02/2024

This prize is annual, and I was shortlisted with my piece "This woman does not exist". I was one of 30 artists chosen.

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Album Cover for Mr B. The Gentleman Rhymer, "National Treasure"

01/05/2023 — 08/09/2023

A commissioned piece for Mr. B. the Gentleman Rhymer's album, "National Treasure". It is a portrait of him with imagery inspired by the themes within the songs and his persona coming from his head and swirling around him. It is 51 x 51 cm and was £400.

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Supporting Arts Exhibition | 2022

01/09/2022 — 30/09/2022

I exhibited my piece "The Soup of the Unconscious is Eaten by the Woman I Desire" as a part of the Supporting Arts "2022" exhibition, which was an annual exhibition created as a way to support artists through/after the pandemic.

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Fine Art BA HONS Year 3 Degree Show

10/06/2022 — 15/06/2022

This was the final exhibition of my degree. I displayed various pieces from my portfolio together, the central piece being my self-portrait "The Soup of the Unconscious is Eaten by the Woman I Desire". For me, it represented how far I had come despite the struggle of the pandemic.

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Open Studios 12 | Fine Art Degree Show Year 2

09/07/2021 — 12/07/2021

The final exhibition of the second year of my Fine Art BA HONS degree. I exhibited my piece "This woman does not exist", which was my final piece of Year 2.

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Baltic Open Submission 2021

19/05/2021 — 05/09/2021

Over 150 North East artists exhibited together as part of this exhibition. I submitted one of my older pieces "The Valley of the Untouchable Fantasies" (2020, Oil on canvas).

BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art, Gateshead Details

New Myths | Fine Art Degree Exhibition Year 2

31/03/2021 — 10/04/2021

An online exhibition to show the work we had created so far in our second year. I exhibited "Weird and Ashamed I, II & III", a piece I made at the end of 2020.

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Relations and Reflections | Fine Art Degree Year 2

25/03/2021 — 17/04/2021

Everyone from my fine art cohort created a piece under the theme of "Family", a theme poignant because of the pandemic. I created a piece about myself and my twin brother, "I Will Never Be Without You".

vane.org.uk Details

Open Studios 11 | Fine Art Degree Year 1

01/12/2019 — 20/12/2019

An exhibition to display the work of myself and my peers that we had created in Year 1.

Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus, Newcastle College, Newcastle Upon Tyne Details

UAL/Newcastle College Foundation Diploma in Art & Design Final Exhibition

01/06/2019 — 15/06/2019

The final exhibition of my Foundation Degree in Art & Design.

Mandela Building, Rye Hill Campus, Newcastle College, Newcastle Upon Tyne Details

New Myths | Foundation Degree in Art & Design

07/01/2019 — 14/01/2019

Exhibiting the work I created that year so far in my Foundation Degree in Art & Design.

Assembly House, Newcastle Upon Tyne Details
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