Entering the art world

The fruits of years of study are on display at the continuing final-year fine art degree show at the University of Chichester.

22-year-old Brad Kenny, originally from Kingston upon Thames, feels great satisfaction as he looks back on all that Chichester has brought him.

Fine art tutor Tim Sandys-Renton

Fine art tutor Tim Sandys-Renton

“I was wanting a different lifestyle, going from a big, busy, vast city to quiet countryside and a calming town. I wouldn’t have learnt so much if I had stayed at home. I don’t think I would have been the same person if I had stayed at home. I wouldn’t have learnt independence, and I wouldn’t have learnt about my craft.”

Brad is a painter. His medium of choice is oils. His work is abstracted portraits, this year focusing on the interaction between natural, organic skin and man-made tools and devices, an interaction exemplified by hospitals. His fascination is in the unnaturalness of unnatural (man-made) devices healing the natural.

Interaction is also key to the work of Alex Hopson, aged 21, originally from Kent, another artist who believes her work has developed massively during her time in Chichester. She began with quite illustrative, detailed drawings and has expanded her process to take in all aspects, working on large-scale graphic and charcoal creations reflecting her interest in architecture, drawing on what she calls the philosophical concepts of architectural phenomenology.

“My work is about the relationship between the human being and the built environment,” she explains.

The BA Fine Art Degree Show 2014 is Monday, May 19 to Friday, May 23, 11am to 6pm; and Saturday, May 24 and Sunday, May 25, 11am to 6pm in artOne, University of Chichester, Bishop Otter Campus, College Lane, Chichester, PO19 6PE.For directions, visit www.chi.ac.uk or call 01243 816000.