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Lola Stong-Brett

Lola Stong-Brett
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My work showcases working-class culture using popular imagery, personal memories and TV animation. My paintings express my own personal thoughts on the limitations within the art world today, the images I use look squeezed and restrained, wanting to burst from the rigid borders of their canvas frames. Taking influence from vintage cartoons and class imagery, my goal is to blur the boundary between high and low-end art. I use traditional oil painting techniques to represent everyday contemporary culture in my work and the gestural marks on my canvas are prompted by street art, graphic novels and zines.

Touching upon Abstract Expressionism and Figurative Art my practice explores the subconscious, capturing images of the everyday that are otherwise forgotten or overlooked. The style of my current work is influenced by Colour Field painting. I am experimenting with colour, texture and form, with my paintings having a child-like quality of mark-making. I am interested in my paintings having the balance and juxtaposition between emotive freedom of gestural-marks within expressionism whilst also conveying popular culture using a precise and planned figurative composition.

I like to use familiar imagery in my practice because it changes when placed within a painting. It no longer has its original function or purpose, and instead becomes involved in something new and unknown, finding new context within the painting. As the painting progresses, the interlacing aspects of what one plans and the unknown of what is then created is what excites me when I approach a blank canvas.
I graduated from Edinburgh College of Art in 2019 with a First Class BA Hons in Painting.

Attended the Royal Drawing School Foundation, London with Merit.

Currently enrolled on a Short Course: History of Art in Europe at Edinburgh College of Art.

Awarded: RSA New Contemporaries 2020

Upcoming Shows:
September 2021 - 626.6 From Edinburgh to Antwerp with Rafiki Gallery
October 2021 -Abstract Alba with Rafiki Gallery
The Blue Dress
  • Lola Stong-Brett
  • The Blue Dress
  • Oil
Shiner
  • Lola Stong-Brett
  • Shiner
  • Oil
Popeye
  • Lola Stong-Brett
  • Popeye
  • Oil
Grave Digger
  • Lola Stong-Brett
  • Grave Digger
  • Oil
Love Thy Neighbour
  • Lola Stong-Brett
  • Love Thy Neighbour
  • Oil
Boop
  • Lola Stong-Brett
  • Boop
  • Oil
RSA 2020
  • Lola Stong-Brett
  • RSA 2020
  • Oil
Flowers
  • Lola Stong-Brett
  • Flowers
  • Oil

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