New Blogsite

As this project draws to an end, so also will this blogsite. I am pleased that I have this comprehensive documentary of my journey over the past 10-months. But fear not, I have started another blog to document what happens from here at:

Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Mapping Landscapes Exhibition

Here's an image from the Mapping Landscapes exhibition. The culmination of the work produced during the four schools' workshops. A total of 73 canvases are on show until the 10th August at the Derby Museum and Art Gallery. To see more about the project and more images visit:

Monday, July 14, 2008

Five questions for ...

Five questions for... by Wayne Burrows (Metro 27.06.08) - Click here.

Your paintings often resemble photographs. What attracts you to these images?
I walk around shooting digital film and then select frames to paint at the studio, so the style is part of the process. I'm fascinated by the points where photography and painting blur into one another visually. One piece, Constellation, is a grid of anonymous faces I've glimpsed in crowds.

Doesn't the new work result from an award you received?
Yes, the Vickers Fine Art Award is given every two years, and offers a ten-month studio residency at the University of Derby to the winner. This show brings together the paintings I've made on the theme A Sense Of Place during my time here.

Did you choose the theme yourself?
The award specified it, but I only entered after I'd already spent time in Riga, Latvia, making paintings based on my awareness of being an outsider. I've used a similar methodology in Derby, looking at the city through a newcomer's eyes.

How do the animations fit in with the paintings?
They're based on digital film, so come from a similar process. The idea was that the people I've drawn are in Derby, but could also be anywhere in the world. I wanted to raise the question of what creates a local identity.

Did you come to any conclusions?
What you see in the pictures is sometimes unmistakeably a local landscape, but often it's harder to tell where they are, and I like that ambiguity.

I thought this was quite amusing! Did I really say all this?

Schools' Exhibition

Today I've been hanging the schools' workshops exhibition 'Mapping Landscapes' . There's a preview tomorrow evening from 5.00pm - 6.30pm at Derby Museum and Art Gallery. The exhibition continues until Sunday 10th August. Photographs to follow very soon.

Saturday, July 12, 2008

Skimming the Surface featured in the Guardian Guide

Today I'm featured in the weekend Guardian Guide - thank you Robert Clark :-)

"As a culmination of her Derby artist-in-residence stint, Natalie Dowse presents paintings and animations that reflect something of the awkward bemusement experienced by any first-time visitor to a typically nondescript shopping centre. Working from digital portraits, Dowse fleshes out the photographic glimpses through the more painstaking process of painting. The anonymous faces appear transfixed by the mundane quandary, their meticulously delineated features belying a tendency to become absorbed back into the crowd. Other works focus on the consumer treadmills of escalators and cable cars." RC

You can see it online here:

Wednesday, July 9, 2008

Gallery Talk

Skimming the Surface gallery talk. Thursday 10th July 1pm - 2pm, Derby Museum and Art Gallery, The Strand, Derby.

Constellation (detail) Oil on canvas - 2007


There is a 32 page colour catalogue to accompany the Skimming the Surface exhibition. Please email for further details.

Kindly sponsored and printed by Colourstream Litho, Derby.

Early at the Preview

Here are some images from the private view (thanks Rachael). A big thank you to all the people that attended and offered their support. A busy night in the end with over 70 visitors.

Sunday, July 6, 2008

Skimming the Surface Exhibition

Skimming the surface opened a week ago and finally I have managed to take some images of the installed work. The Award has officially come to an end but I will be participating in a few more events - so watch this space.

Thank you for all those who attended the private view - especially those who travelled miles and miles and miles to get here in Friday traffic!

Sinfin Community School

The fourth school workshop was delivered on the 25th June (two days before my exhibition opening). The workshop was really successful and again all the students involved worked really hard. Their work is now on the Mapping Landscapes blogsite.

Sian Byrne - The Silk Mill, Derby