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Mum and Aunt - 80s: on a backdrop of imagery taken from their childhood annuals.

Using imagery from an old photograph of my mum and aunt out in the '80s, I have explored imagery in their childhood annuals further through collage, with relation to memory and femininity.
This is a continuation of my exploration of my mum's childhood annuals, and how I have been able to incorporate this into portraiture.

Grace Ard

I am a Part-C Fine Art student, primarily focusing on portraiture through the representation of women in my life. I have been influenced by Frida Kahlo and also through pop art culture, focusing more on abstract representations of women through cartoon and annual style drawing.

My drawing and painting skills, particularly when looking at portraiture, are accurate and thoughtful; using mark making to present emotion in my portraits.

I wish to continue painting, start an online account for my artwork, and start receiving paid commissions to paint portraits.

I am not yet sure about a career, but I wish to remain creative, with interests in garden design and also the film industry.

Final year project

20ACC118 - Fine Art Practice: Final Project


In the last semester of my final year, I entered a portrait competition through the university competitions page to draw a portrait in memory of 'Busy Bees Nursery' founder John. I sent a complete drawing of John, and submitted a previously completed painting from my own portfolio of work. In January 2021, I found out I had been shortlisted and awarded £500 for my participation and efforts.
I am currently taking part in a portrait competition painting a portrait of Professor Bob Allison. Retiring from his post as Vice-Chancellor and President, a portrait is being commissioned to hang within the University collection.
Completing three sessions in which to paint Bob, there is a £1000 prize money with the winning portrait being displayed on the Loughborough campus as part of the University Collection.
Alongside the event which will be documented throughout, there will be an interview with the Universities PR team and an article in the next VOLUME magazine. All completed portraits will be included in an exhibition at the end of the event.