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Category Archives: Fine Art Painting
Graduates 2023: Abi Downey: Painting
“I don’t want it to stop but endings bloom into new beginnings and I’m excited about the future.” Read More
Graduates 2023: Rosie Tuff: Painting
“The studio environment and the discussions that I have had with fellow painters on the course has been a significantly enjoyable part of the course.” Read More
Graduates 2023: Alexander Ardisson: Painting
“This course is perfect if you want to pursue your artistic expression whilst having no limits. I chose it because I knew I had enough passion and curiosity to carve my own path.”
Graduates 2023: Emily Maguire: Fine Art Painting
“I chose my course (Fine Art: Painting) as it is a specialised course that priorities studio-based art making. Before coming to university, I knew I wanted to paint, so I needed time and space to be fully submerged in my practice.” Read More
Apply for the Cass Art x Phoenix Studio Award 2023
Book your place on a subject taster day!
If you are in Year 12 and interesting in art, design, fashion and textiles this is you chance to get involved and see if you’d like to study your passion at degree level. Read More
Advice for students applying to uni in 2023
Brighton degree show dates announced for 2023
The University of Brighton’s graduate shows have been announced for 2023 – the undergraduate shows kick off on 3rd June 2023 and the MA show starts on 7th July.
5 tips for creating an art portfolio
Check out Fine Art Painting student Becky Powney’s TikTok on creating a portfolio.
Discuss your portfolio with course staff!
Join us at our online portfolio advice event on 28 February to get tips and advice from students and staff about how to prepare your portfolio.
You can also watch our film to see staff explain what you should include in your portfolio for art and design courses when applying for uni – and students give TIPS on what they included in theirs.
Painting Alumni Morag Caister wins Sky Arts Portrait of the Year
The win for Morag, who graduated from her Fine Art Painting degree in 2019, means that alumni from the University of Brighton course hold both the current Portrait Artist of the Year and the Landscape Artist of the Year following Elisha Enfield’s win of that title earlier this year. Read More
i-D profiles University of Brighton Painting graduate Sola Olulode
The influential style magazine focuses on the work of painter Sola Olulode who graduated from our Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) in 2018 and is enjoying success in the UK and abroad. Read More
Fine Art Painting graduate Sola Olulode named as artist to watch
Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) graduate Sola Olulode has been named as one of 10 artists to watch at this year’s Contemporary African Art Fair in London.
“There is a keenness and aptitude in Painting students and I can see why the School has such a well-deserved reputation”
The University of Brighton is one of three universities in the UK to have a ‘Painting Fellow’ on campus – here we hear from current fellow Daniel Petitt on his experience of working with our painting students and developing his practice in the studio on campus.
Guardian 5-star review for Bill Lynch show at University’s gallery
A new exhibition of work (open until 15 October) by little-known painter Lynch at the Brighton Centre for Contemporary Arts, based at the University of Brighton’s Grand Parade building, has been given a rave review by the Guardian. Read More
Painting graduate Miranda Forrester making waves at Soho House
University of Brighton art graduate Miranda Forrester is combining designing fabrics for Soho House’s new Brighton outpost with international painting success. Read More
Graduates 2022: Thom Georgeson: Fine Art Painting
The studios are an open and friendly place, and once people get to know each other more and everyone comes out of their shells a little (especially after lockdown) you won’t want to leave. Read More
Fine Art Painting students win Cass x Phoenix Prize 2022
Lydia Stonehouse and Megan Hack have won the annual prize which helps graduates kick-start their artistic career with free studio space in central Brighton.
Graduates 2022: Kahee Jeong: Fine Art: Painting
“My professors, great artists as well, have been very supportive and dedicated to their students. Particularly, their tolerant attitudes towards my works have contributed to my achievement.” Read More
Graduates 2022: Megan Hack: Fine Art Painting
“Moving to Brighton has been an invaluable experience by placing me in a hub of creative people as well as the sea, the South Downs and the coastline as a constant inspiration for my practice.” Read More
Graduates 2022: Lydia Stonehouse: Fine Art Painting
“I have loved the course so much – it couldn’t have been a better fit for me! It’s been the perfect mix of theoretical discussion and practical exploration around the vast and yet specific subject of contemporary painting.”
Graduates 2022: Emily Paranthoen: Fine Art Painting
“The tutors have always been welcoming and have definitely been a key part in the development of my work. Being in an environment which encourages you to explore and try out different mediums and ideas has allowed me to mould my practice into something which I am really proud of.”
Graduates 2022: Ellis Thomas-Pam: Fine Art Painting
“The fine art painting course at Brighton has been a great opportunity to develop my practice, meeting many painters and artists that have expanded my ideas and thoughts about painting. Brighton has been an exciting city to live in, with a strong community of artistic people.”
Painting graduate wins Sky Arts Landscape Artist of the Year
Elisha Enfield graduated from Fine Art Painting in 2011. For the final show she undertook a £10,000 commission of the Rochdale Canal. Read More
Apply for the Cass x Phoenix Studio Award 2023
Want to win a FREE studio space for a year in central Brighton? School of Art and Media final year students have the opportunity to apply for this award which sees Cass Art sponsoring a Phoenix Art Space studio for a 2023 graduate. Read More
Learn more about your chosen course through applicant events and tasters!
We have a number of events for offer holders and applicants whose course involves portfolio review.
Graduate and lecturer showing in the Sky Arts Portrait Artist exhibition
Phil Tyler, Printmaking BA(Hons) course leader, Sara Lavelle, Illustration BA(Hons) graduate, and Morag Kaister, Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) graduate are all in the Portrait Artist of the year show at Compton Verney which opened last weekend.
Group show for University of Brighton artists who have received Cass Art x Phoenix Studio Award
To celebrate the partnership between Cass Art, Phoenix Art Space and University of Brighton, Phoenix presents a group exhibition of all six recipients of the Cass Art x Phoenix Studio Award. Read More
New York Times nod for Fine Art Painting grad Somaya Critchlow
Somaya’s work has been picked in the newspaper’s ‘The T List’s Five Things We Recommend This Week’ section.
Thinking about preparing your portfolio?
Watch these two short films where art students talk you through how they put theirs together. Read More
Graduates 2021: Beth Swan: Fine Art Painting
“The second I stepped foot into the studios I knew this is where I wanted to be. I fell in love completely with the course, the studios, the general feeling of the University and Brighton too. It ticked every box.”
Graduates 2021: Imogen Patel: Fine Art Painting
“Working from home during the pandemic was difficult, but I felt inspired by new-found intimacies and sensations of confinement. Tutors and technincians remained committed and dedicated and I was motivated to work diligently by my talented peers. My experience at Brighton wouldn’t have been the same without my incredible coursemates, whose smiling faces I look forward to seeing every day!”
Graduates 2021: Lydia Durnall: Fine Art Painting
“Brighton is such a lively city full of fun, kind, crazy people. The course has the same atmosphere and it’s been a great environment to develop my practice, bouncing ideas off of like-minded creatives and some really inspiring tutors.”
Graduates 2021: Martynas Jankus: Fine Art Painting
“My time in Brighton has been a complete rollercoaster but I would not change a thing! I wanted to come here because my country is extremely homophobic, so I wanted to be in a space completely different from that.”
Graduates 2021: Nathan Grace: Fine Art Painting
“Painting connects me to the present and allows me to fully express myself, so a course in it was a no-brainer. I looked around a lot of places, but Brighton Uni had a uniquely homely quality about it. The studios are spacious yet intimate and I remember seeing it for the first time and feeling very comfortable”
Graduates 2021: Joseph Ring: Fine Art Painting
“The university has offered me so much, not only through the tutoring I have received, but also in the opportunities it has exposed me to, alongside meeting other incredible artists I share a course with. Brighton really has shown me what can be done with painting and how open for exploration the practice truly is.”
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.”
Our students are supported by award-winning technicians
Our art and media students always tell us our technicians are brilliant – and they’ve been rightly recognised in the One Brighton Staff Awards, winning the Team Contribution to Teaching and Learning award. Congratulations!
Artist Will Kendrick joins School of Art as lecturer as part of the Freelands Painting Fellowship scheme
Will, a video installation artist, will be teaching on Brighton’s Fine Art Painting BA(Hons).
Follow Fine Art Painting on Instagram
Our fabulous Fine Art Painting BA(Hons) has a new Instagram feed – follow them for images of student work, studio shots, student takeovers and events and exhibitions news. Read More
Painting alumni wins prestigious emerging artist prize
Pippa El-Kadhi Brown, a graduate of BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, has won the overall Ashurst Emerging Artist Prize 2020 – one of the world’s most coveted awards for up and coming artists. Read More
Painting grad Hattie wins studio for a year in University of Brighton’s annual Cass x Phoenix prize
Art in a Domestic Setting: Fine Art Painting
Graduates 2020: Ursula Vargas: Painting
My work is done based on memories from trips on the road in my country of origin Peru and later here in Europe, been the motorway the conduit to these imaginary landscapes of escapism and to my work.
Graduates 2020: Oonagh Quinn: Painting
My practice focuses on depicting a more accurate representation of the female form.
Graduates 2020: Chloe Neil: Painting
My paintings orbit around ideas of absence, separation and secrecy.
Graduates 2020: Hattie Malcomson-Lifford: Fine Art Painting
“The central subject of my practice is the process of women empowerment in the context of contemporary society.” Read More
Graduates 2020: Charlotte Guerard: Painting
My painting practice engages with the language of Contemporary Abstraction. While reflecting upon its relationship to earlier movements in its history, I want to question the status of an abstract painting today through the legacy of formalism in contemporary art. Read More
“Working at home in my garage has meant finding new ways to develop my practice”
During lockdown Fine Art Painting student George Coll has been selling prints of her abstract works with all proceeds going to NHS Charities Together. Read More
Wondering if studying the arts is vocational enough? New British Academy report shows the benefits
Qualified for the Future (May 2020) demonstrates the tangible benefits of skills developed in the arts, humanities and social sciences to the UK workforce, economy and society, not only now but in the future.
Got questions before you start? Read our FAQs for art courses
We have put together the most frequently asked questions from our recent School of Art online Q&A. Read More
School of Art responds to council’s PPE appeal for care workers
The School of Art has donated all of its existing personal protective equipment (PPE) to help social care workers during the coronavirus pandemic. Read More
Fine Art Painting graduate Sola Olulode has solo show in London
Sola, who graduated in 2018 and was shortlisted for the Evening Standard Art Prize 2018, has an exhibition ‘Where the Ocean Meets the Beach. Read More
Painting graduate Miranda Forrester exhibits at FBA Futures
Miranda, 2019 Fine Art Painting graduate has been selected to exhibit her work in FBA Futures 2020, the annual survey of contemporary figurative art being produced in UK art schools. Read More
Naked Truths from painting graduate
University graduate Miranda Forrester has been selected to exhibit her work in FBA Futures 2020, the annual survey of contemporary figurative art being produced in UK art schools. Read More
Solo exhibition for Fine Art Painting graduate
“Being shown alongside such artists …really makes me want to push my work further and further!”
Since graduating in 2018 artist Conor White has followed his dreams through to the Royal Academy. Here he tells us how. Read More
BP Portrait Award winner’s ‘whirlwind’ week
A University of Brighton graduate who won a world-renowned art award has reflected on his “whirlwind” week – and said he can’t wait to get back into his studio. Read More
Graduate Show 2019: Carole Villain: Painting
My practice has become an ecosystem: ‘A community of living organisms where components are linked together through nutrient cycles and energy flow’. Pigments, ground, structures, content, marks and meaning are interconnected and open to change.
Second Brighton graduate wins BP Portrait Award
Painting graduate Charlie Schaffer was last night announced as the winner of 2019 BP Portrait Award. Read More
Graduate Show 2019: Kezia Turner: Painting
My work has always focused on materials and their properties and tend be categorized as a midpoint between painting and sculpture. Read More
Graduates 2019: Ellen Gilbert: Fine Art Painting
“My artistic practice is centred on revealing the invisible technological environment that we are in and surrounded by.”
Graduate Show 2019: Miranda Forrester: Painting
My work explores the relationship between the artist and the muse, and how the female gaze can manifest itself in figurative painting. Read More
Painting trio included in prestigious art show
A current Fine Art Painting student and two graduates are displaying their work in an exhibition at the prestigious Delphian Gallery in London. Read More
Charlie Schaffer wins prize for 3rd time
Find Art Painting alumnus Charlie Schaffer wins the Brian Botting Prize for the third time in the prize’s four year history.
Facebook Live of student exhibition at Hove Museum
Watch lecturer Chris Stevens and 2nd year Fine Art Painting and Printmaking students discuss work currently being exhibited in Hove Museum. Read More
Brighton graduate wins heat in Sky Portrait Artist of the Year
Recent graduate Sara Lavelle is through to the next round of the TV painting competition. Read More
Painting graduate in solo Brussels show
Edward Liddle, who received a First in Fine Art Painting from the University of Brighton, is showing his Carrement! exhibition at the prestigious Centrale for Contemporary Art in Brussels. Read More
Fine Art Painting graduate comes runner-up in prestigious art prize
Painting graduate Felicity Meacham has been placed second in a national art competition for graduates. Read More
Art alumna Alison Lapper MBE tells graduates to be fabulous – just like me!
Work hard, follow your passion and “be fabulous – just like me” was the advice given to University of Brighton graduates. Read More
Tom Hammick joins prestigious line up selected to celebrate NHS 70
Lecturer Tom Hammick, who teaches on BA (Hons) Fine Art Painting, joins Peter Blake, Jeremy Deller, Mona Hartoum, Chris Orr, Elizabeth Magill and David Mach as one of the seven artists chosen to celebrate the NHS at 70. Read More
Graduates 2018: Georgina Stone: Painting
My work explores an abstracted visual language where creature-like forms dominate the space, while evoking an other worldly presence. Read More
Graduates 2018: Nanette Hewitt: Painting
Heraldic materials are significant to my work; I draw visual imagery from anthropological collections such as the Pitt River Museum in Oxford. Read More
Graduates 2018: Conor White: Painting
“I am an emotional painter. A male painter trying to grasp at his insecurities, question the world around him and confess his emotional break the stigmatic world of toxic masculinity. ” Read More
Graduates 2018: William Harman: Painting
Inside the amazing twisted TV world of the work of Fine Art Painting student William Harman. Read More
Fine Art Painting course launches blog
The University of Brighton’s BA Fine Art Painting blog is now live!
Fine Art alumni wins Jackson Young Artist Award 2017
Elizabeth McCarten who graduated Fine Art Painting in 2012 has won the Jacksons Young Artist Award in the Sunday Times Watercolour Competition 2017. Read More
Studio bursary for Fine Art Painting graduate
Oriele Steiner, who graduated in 2015, has been given a year-long free studio by Bloomberg New Contemporaries at The Royal Standard, Liverpool, where she will continue developing her painting and drawing practice. Read More
Fine Art Painting first year interviewed by Spindle Magazine
Olivia Carter Hopkins explains her approach to work and discusses her course in an interview with the fashion and music magazine. Read More
Graduates 2017: Sooeon Jeong
” The initial idea of these works comes from the notion of ‘space’.” Read More
Graduates 2017: Johnnie Valantine
“My work discusses the current issues of mental and sexual health within the LGBT+ community – particularity gay men – whilst alluding to the fashionable aesthetic of art today.” Read More
Graduates 2017: Cameron Duke
“Throughout my three years at The University of Brighton the influence of my surroundings have always been a strong subject linked with my work.” Read More
Graduates 2017: Lucia Hamlin
“The overall themes involved within my creative practice have been a combination of Religion, Archaeology, and contemporary concepts of Science Fiction.” Read More
Artist Tom Yendell receives Alumnus Award
Artist Tom Yendall has received the university’s Alumnus Award 2017 in recognition of his prolific career as a Mouth and Foot Painting Artist and his numerous charitable accomplishments. Read More
Fine Art Painting students hold exhibition at Edward Street
Head along to the private view for Fashioning the Frame on Friday 13 January 6-8pm – exhibition runs until 28 January. Read More
Brighton alumni Alison Lapper hosts BBC doc with Rankin
Brighton Fine Art grad, the artist Alison Lapper MBE, is hosting a BBC4 documentary ‘Nobody’s Perfect’ with photographer Rankin tackling contemporary attitudes to beauty and identity on Thursday 10 November, 9pm. Read More