Show explores differences between painting & photography

A Forres art student has been inspired by the differences between painting and photography to produce his final year collection.

Jonathon Whitson (23), who is studying painting at Gray’s School of Art in Aberdeen, is currently exhibiting his work as part of the annual Degree Show until June 28, alongside that of almost 150 other students from all disciplines.

The former Forres Academy pupil uses mostly oil paints and oil pastels on canvas covered boards to create his work, building up layers of paint and imagery before sanding them back.

He said: “In these pieces I’ve used a very small amount of realistic imagery choosing to put more emphasis on more abstract areas built up through different marks.

“I’m inspired by the differences between photography and painting, mainly the ability of the photograph to document and the ability of the painting to take photographic information and create something altogether more abstract and unreal. I’m also very interested in the very personal connection between the painter and the painting.”

Jonathan, who plans to stay in Aberdeen after graduation and continue painting, said he sets out to create pieces that might appear simplistic in their aesthetic but which have clearly been worked on.

He added: “I also wanted to create work that was interesting to make. For me that meant using a variety of processes, so that I change the way in which I’m working on a piece throughout making it.”

The 2014 Degree Show takes place at Gray’s School of Art, Garthdee until Saturday, June 28.

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Jenny Rush

Communications Officer | Design and Technology

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