Court Painter Residency

A series of large-format photographic portraits made during a week-long residency at the Royal West of England Academy or Art.

Made with 5×4 sheet film and set in traditional ovals, the portraits are informed by portrait miniatures, daguerreotypes and the work of the subject. They celebrate the history of the academy and it’s academicians, creating a juxtaposition between the historical and contemporary.

The Drawing Room Studio, based on Monet’s Giverny studio, was open to the public – who watched as the portraits were being made.

A 5m long oil painting was hung to provide a painterly background to each photograph, which was added to before, during and after each portrait was made. It has since been reworked as the Garden Pentaptych.