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, made to resemble Monet’s Giverny studio, was open to the public throughout – who watched on as the portraits were being made. A 5m long oil painting provided a painterly background to each photograph, which has since been reworked as the Garden Pentaptych.