The sixth post of the series is up! For this article, we asked the contemporary painters Helena Goldwater, Jarik Jongman, Delphine Lebourgeois and JOPP 2018 Commended Entry Ben Coode-Adams what advice they would give to emerging artists.
To view our other posts in this series, please visit our main blog post ‘Advice for Emerging Artists‘.
Helena’s work uses botanical illustration symbolically to explore the representation of emotion and the depths human relationships. By transforming this normally narrative-less, scientific visual-archive into a contemporary code she is able to make works that subtly represent and critique layer upon layer of modern and dated culture. Her paintings teeter the boundary between botanical illustration and contemporary art, combining the two in one almost undefinable series of works. Read more about her in our interview with her, or view more of her work on her website.
‘Don’t be put off by rejections. It’s part of the journey. Keep making. Keep applying for opportunities that you feel are appropriate for your work.’
A former assistant of Anselm Kiefer, Jarik Jongman uses both his own photographs and anonymous pictures found at flea markets, in books, magazines and on the internet as a starting point for his work, which often deals with archetypical imagery. He has had numerous exhibitions in London, Berlin, Switzerland, Amsterdam and at the 53rd (2009) and current 54th Venice Biennale in a collateral event. In 2010 he won the joint first prize for best artist at the National Open Art Competition, juried by Gavin Turk; in 2012 he was shortlisted for the John Moores prize, exhibiting at the Liverpool Biennial. Read more about Jarik in our interview with him, or view more of his work on his website.
Depicting a force of women to be reckoned with, Delphine’s works reflect the changes that we’re seeing in society at the moment and reminds us that we’re far stronger together than we are apart. Her work was featured this year at the Battersea Affordable Art Fair – you can read more about her practice in her interview with the Affordable Art Fair team.
‘It’s difficult to give advice because every journey is different and what may be true for one artist might not be for another. Whenever possible, try not to compromise your artwork. Find your voice, keep at it and the audience will follow. Tenacity is key!’
After graduating from a masters course in Fine Art at Edinburgh University and Edinburgh College of Art in 1988, Ben exhibited his work extensively around the UK and received funding from large bodies such as the Arts Council. Most recently, he was awarded a Commended Entry in the 2018 Jackson’s Open Painting Prize! Keep up with Ben’s practice via his Instagram.
‘Here is my advice… What do I know? Too much and too little.’