A Barton Peveril student’s painting of a Roman amphitheatre in the South of France is reaching a worldwide audience via a virtual exhibition on the Royal Academy website.
17 year-old Charlotte Carr’s art work is currently being exhibited via the Royal Academy Summer Exhibition Online, which features the work of talented A level Students across the UK and runs alongside the Academy’s main London show.
Inspired by the precision and detail of Victorian artist John Ruskin, whose work embraced his love of Italy, Charlotte chose to integrate her French ancestry and heritage into her work.
As Charlotte explained;
“Last summer, me and my family visited Les Arènes de Nîmes and I was blown away by the accuracy that had gone into creating the building,”
“I decided to combine this accurate architecture with John Ruskin’s precise style, using watered down acrylic on MDF wood.”
Charlotte puts her success down to her art teacher at Bitterne Park School, who encouraged her talent, together with the tuition she receives at Barton Peveril. She added;
“My work has changed quite a lot since coming to college. It has improved but I don’t think I have a particular style. I certainly didn’t think it was good enough for the Royal Academy!”
Adding further to the reputation of the Art Department, which was judged to be outstanding by OFSTED at its last inspection, was the work of two other Barton Peveril students. Amy Gaudion’s self portrait and Declan Dawkin’s video entitled A Walk to remember made the shortlist of 76 works, chosen from a total of over 1450 entries.
Staff at Barton Peveril’s Art Department were said to be delighted with the latest success for college students. Course leader for Fine Art and Sculpture, Rob French, said:
“It is hugely prestigious for three Barton Peveril students to be shortlisted, let alone make it to the final selection for the A-level Summer Exhibition Online.”
“The selected works are highly accomplished from a technical point of view but they also offer a couple of things that make them stand out.”
“Firstly, a personal view of the world that stems directly from the individual student and, secondly, there is a certain amount of mystery and ambiguity which allows us, the audience, the opportunity to interpret the work in our own way and make it meaningful to us.”
“Such achievement is just reward for the hard work of all our students who have achieved such high standards this year.”