Artist Focus 111 – Antonia Showering – Paintings

Hello everybody, welcome back to another journal entry and this week I interviewed British artist Antonia Showering. I have been following Antonia’s work since the beginning of last year and for good reason too. She attended Chelsea Art College, City and Guilds of London Art School and most recently a Masters in Fine Art, at the Slade (2018). But the education side of things is not what Interests me. Although that is still impressive. There is an exceptional amount of fluidity in Showering’s paintings, from the figures and the subjects all the way through to the poetry of colours used. There is often arguably always some form of contact within her work, between the viewer and also within the paintings. Each piece appears to be so well naturally executed and makes me envious that I can’t quite grasp her stages of painting. That is a rarity for me to admit, but it is true. Showering’s authentic approach and skill is admirable and I believe, as well as many others that she has an exceptionally bright future, even though at present she is producing brilliant work. Never the less… Please go browse her work, comment and share… Below is our interview and thank you to Antonia for taking the time to be a part of this weeks; Artist Focus.

 

 

Antonia Showering in the studio

 

CLINGING, 2018, Oil on canvas, 59 1/8 x 70 7/8 150 x 180 cm

Link for above image to BAERT GALLERY HERE

Who are your favourite artists? What makes them stand out to you? 

I have recently been thinking about Etel Adnan’s paintings. Her stripped back compositions feel like you’re looking at someone else’s memory of a place. These spaces are simplified and allow room for the viewer’s imagination to connect what is absent. Another artist I have been looking at is Tom Polo. He has a great understanding of what paint does, I feel he is really aware of how colour placement can affect the way marks sit alongside each other. Each stroke feels very considered yet there is a great energy and playfulness to his work. I also enjoy how he titles his paintings. 

What is the process for your paintings? 

I almost always begin with the canvas lying flat on the studio floor. This lack of precision allows pools of colour to run into each other without gravity causing too many drips. When this dries I put the canvas on the wall and spend a long time looking at it to see if there’s any figuration in these forms. The early stages of a painting could begin as a couple embracing but the space between them might start looking like an interesting horizon and suddenly there won’t be any figures on the painting but a mountain-scape instead. It’s quite a transient process with various imagery coming and going. Nothing is permanent until right at the end.

What is your preferred medium you use? 

Oil on linen

 

 

 

Inside Out, 2018, oil on canvas, 75 x 100 cm

 

 

Do you have any advice for artists wanting to be represented by galleries or any advice for any one beginning their art career?

Curate artist led shows with friends, see exhibitions, apply for residences and competitions (New Contemporaries was something I’m so glad to have been a part of) and I think the main thing is that you have to work hard and enjoy working hard.

 Did you study at art school? If so, where did you study and what? 

I sure did study, and for quite a few years! I did my foundation in fine art at Chelsea College of Art, BA in painting at City and Guilds of London Art School and my MFA in painting at the Slade.

 

 

 

Rescue, 2020, oil on canvas, 100 x 75 cm

 

 

Introspective Views, 2017, oil on canvas, 160 x 130 cm

 

 

What inspires you in your work? 

I’m interested in how memory works and the slippage that occurs when two people are trying to recall the same event. This blurry place is where I want my paintings sit. I draw from lived experiences but often areas are invented and exaggerated. The main thing I want from a finished canvas is for viewers to feel something when they look at it. How people connect with one another inspires me as well as three (very specific looking) mountains that face the village my grandmother is from in Switzerland. They seem to be the only things in my life that don’t change with time.

Please go look more over on Antonia’s website and Instagram: 

 

WEBSITE

 

 

INSTAGRAM