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14th September 2017

The ‘Time of the Last Persecution'  (Tomorrow, Tomorrow, Tomorrow) exhibition, now showing in the College Gallery, acts as a checkpoint in the work of three former Foundation Diploma Art & Design students.  Alumni Jake Russell, George Watson and Jamie Scott-Dyson left York College in 2014, graduating with a BA (Hons) in Painting from Edinburgh College of Art and Wimbledon College of Art in July 2017.  The exhibition symbolises a point of reflection in the growth of their individual practices.  The works on display vary in scale, including drawing, painting, mono-printing and digital print.

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Jake Russell - since studying Painting at Edinburgh College of Art has created an aimless expanse of not really knowing what is going on, as well as paintings about feelings and ideas around what in a person remains when their surroundings don’t.

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Jamie Scott-Dyson – explores painting as an idiosyncratic language, hovering between abstraction and representational narratives, coming from a tangled process of improvised thinking and making simultaneously. He is interested in the unpredictable outcome of how decisions he makes (over a number of days) can inform the making of a picture; as a distillation of choices he feels are complimentary or in contradiction. Besides this he uses figures to create a kind of distorted narrative painting. The narrative is the meeting of forms and how he chooses to make them interact. The distortion occurs in the process which creates them. He wants the figures to be held in contradiction where they are articulated enough to remind him of something, but not enough to look as though they are attempting to overcome their inevitable flatness. Thus giving potential meanings but articulating none, in a state of informed emptiness.

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George Watson – having recently graduated from Edinburgh College of Art with a BA (Hons) Painting, currently lives and works in Glasgow. His work is based around modes of visual communication - and how they contrast. Through the employment of various elements of imagery, colour, form and typography - executed in a range of mediums, including; painting, print, digital design, sculpture, video and installation.

Art & Design tutor Steve Hemingway, who runs the Gallery,  had the pleasure of teaching all three artists, says: “It is fantastic to have our former students returnurning to put on this new exhibition. All three of them have done very well at university and were excellent students to teach. They progressed to prestigious destinations and their experiences at university have really helped them to develop as artists. They will also talk to our current students about studying art at university.”

Both Jake Russell and Jamie Scott Dyson studied A-level Fine Art at York College whilst George Watson studied the Extended Diploma in Art and Design before all three studied on the Foundation Diploma in Art and Design .

The Time of the Last Persecution exhbition runs in the York College Gallery until 19th October 2017.


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