Natalie Papamichael

CONTEMPORARY FIGURATIVE ARTIST

OIL PAINTINGS

FOCUSING ON PORTRAITURE AND SELF-PORTRAITURE

My Oil Paintings reference my studies in Art History and feminism. I use the techniques of the old masters, working on each painting over an extended period of time.

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ACRYLICS

CREATED FROM PHOTOGRAPHS
AND PRINTED IMAGES

My acrylics consist of self-portraits, and portraits of family and friends, painted from photographs in everyday settings. These acrylics are technically flowing and quick to create.

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DRAWINGS

DRAWN FROM RESEARCH ON FEMALE ARTISTS AND MAGAZINES

My drawings are based on images from my books on women Artists, magazines and personal photographs. They also contain notes referencing my everyday life, intertwining fact and fiction.

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A LITTLE ABOUT ME

INSPIRATION AND INFLUENCES

I am a figurative painter whose work fuses personal and historical narratives, autobiography, and traditional painting techniques.

Brought up in a quintessentially English village outside London, by a Greek father and a French mother, I have lived and worked in Paris and London and am now based in Brighton where I have my studio.

My work is influenced by my studies in Art History, Psychoanalysis and Feminism as well as my personal experience. I studied Fine Art at Central Saint Martins and, after graduating, completed an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art. My dissertation explored the exclusion of women from academic training and Art History. I continued this research with an intensive painting course in portraiture in Florence, learning the classical techniques of the Old Masters.

Inspired by female painters, Artemisia Gentileschi and Frida Kahlo, as well as contemporary photographers, such as, Anna Gaskell and Cindy Sherman, I have reinterpreted their work using traditional methods. Focusing on portraiture and self-portraiture, I have adapted and created paintings using my own imagery.

Alongside oil paintings, I produce acrylics, watercolours and drawings. I paint acrylics of myself, family and friends, working from photographs. I create drawings, using images from my books on women artists and magazines. I choose images that resonate with my own story. I also use stills from performances I have staged, and personal photographs, weaving my own personal narratives, both real and imagined, from my studio and my home.

I undertake commissions on request.

CURRICULUM VITAE

Born in 1971,

Qualifications and Training

2007 Angel Academy of Art, Intensive Painting course, Florence

2007 MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

2002 BA Fine Art (Hons), Central Saint Martins College of Fine Art, London

Solo Exhibitions

2003 Herstory, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton

1994 Paintings from L’Hôpital Sainte-Anne, Finnegans Wake, Paris

Group Exhibitions

2014 Shape Gallery, Stratford, London

2013 Shape at Liberty Festival, London

2013 Shape in the City, Pop Up Gallery, London

2012 Civil Partnerships, University of Brighton, Brighton

2010 Dream Home, Phoenix, Brighton

2010 Phoenix Open, Phoenix, Brighton

2009 Phoenix Open, Phoenix, Brighton

2003 Chixx, Tavistock Theater, London

2001 Foreign Bodies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London

2001 Women Artists, People Show, London

2001 Tinted Spectacles, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London

Other

2016  InPractice at the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, London 

2015  InPractice at the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2013 Jensen, Olu, Revolting Doubles: Radical Narcissus and the Trope of Lesbian Doppelgangers, Journal of Lesbian Studies,
17:3-4, 344-364
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2012 Civil Partnerships Forum, University of Brighton, Brighton

2010 Interview, Radio Reverb, Brighton

2002 MAKE the magazine of Women’s Art, Online Graduate Review, London

2001 Intern, Women’s Art Library, London