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Graduates 2021: George Coll: Fine Art Painting

“To be surrounded by so many talented artists of all disciplines, inspires me every day. When work can seem difficult, it is wonderful to remind myself how lucky I am to be doing what I love and painting for my degree.”

Hi George – can you tell us a bit about your work and your influences?

“Painting expressionistically with bold acrylic mediums, my body of work explores shifts in mentality and responds to the use of art as a form of therapy. Signature bold acrylic mark making in the form of enlarged doodles act as ways for managing my obsessive-compulsive disorders and autism, revealing a repetitive way of creating. Bold contrasts between bright flooding diluted pigments across compositions and careful restraint in meticulously painted motifs echo the chaos of my inner state and need for order amongst such disorder.”

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How have you found your course and time at Brighton?

“I have loved every minute of the course, despite the loss of studios during the pandemic. To be surrounded by so many talented artists of all disciplines, inspires me every day. When work can seem difficult, it is wonderful to remind myself how lucky I am to be doing what I love and painting for my degree.”

How did you choose your course – why did you choose to study Fine Art Painting?

“Funnily enough, I applied to University of Brighton to study Fine Art Critical Practice, as I couldn’t really decide what discipline to pursue after my foundation year. At my interview, it was suggested to me to apply to the Fine Art Painting course as well, based on the paintings that were already in my portfolio. I suppose I jumped into the deep end, as I wasn’t necessarily a painter before the course, but that nudge in the right direction was the best thing that ever happened to me, and I am very grateful.

What are your plans after graduation?

“Next year I am moving to London to start my Postgraduate degree at Goldsmiths University. After various work experiences, including mentoring 1st year painting students, I have decided to pursue a career in teaching Art & Design, and jump straight into this journey on a teacher training course.”

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