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Artist Alastair Barford in brush with the public
AWARD-winning artist Alastair Barford from Bridport is will be showcasing new works at a new show at Newlyn Art Gallery in Cornwall.
He will have a solo exhibit a collection of his art at the Midas Award Exhibition from November 27 to November 24.
Alastair, 24, recently won the Midas Award.
He will exhibit his collection of new works alongside seven other fine art graduates from University College Falmouth (UCF) who were shortlisted in June for this year’s award.
Alastair’s show in Newlyn will focus on the translation of cinematic sequences into single drawn or painted images.
He said: “My work examines the ways in which information is communicated.
“Through the appropriation and assimilation of media imagery I seek to explore the complex relationship between representation and reality. “I work systematically, translating imagery between media much as a writer might translate poetry between languages.”
Alastair graduated from UCF in 2011 with a first class honours degree.
He also received a maximum £15,000 award from the Queen Elizabeth Scholarship Trust (QEST) earlier this year. Only two QEST awards are granted each year and Alastair is currently using his to attend the Charles H Cecil Academy in Florence to study drawing and painting techniques in the traditional manner.
Among his work on show will be an image taken from the 1964 film ‘Bande a Part’ by Jean-Luc Godard.
It is a sequence in which the protagonist falls dramatically after pretending to have been shot. Alastair said: “It is drawn from nine different stills and charts the progression of the collapse. “My interest here lies in the choreography of the scene, in the cinematic beauty found in an act of simulated violence.”
Martin Walton, who is business development manager from sponsors of the award, Midas Construction, said: “The judges were very impressed and excited with his work last year when we chose him as the winner of the Midas Award.
“His work showed a maturity in excess of his years and we are looking forward immensely to seeing his new collection at his solo exhibition, which he has been working on using the Midas Award bursary.”