Portrait Award 2020

Angela Bell


Jackson’s Painting Prize 2020
Oil, Graphite
25 x 25 cm

“My work elevates the prosaic in the everyday life of lost individuals, committing the fleeting moments of the people we look through and discard to the form of intimate oils. The act of retrieving and reviving is at the core of my practice, from the collecting of found photographs as source material to the process of painting itself.

I create detailed studies in oil, and through a process of working back in to the surface and exploring mark making techniques, I distort, eliminate and manipulate the image to create a visual language. This process is based on my personal relationship with the individuals I am portraying, as well as the desire to create a painting with which the viewer can establish a point of communication. I do not look to dictate a specific meaning through the narrative presented but rather to prompt dialogue between the subject and the viewer.”