" I explore the questions 'Who am I?' 'Who are we?' 'What is reality?' from spiritual, psychological and visual perspectives, mainly informed by Buddhist philosophy, meditation, art therapy, psychotherapy and a deep interest in the meeting point between many of the world's spiritual traditions.This interest is long standing:I have always been curious to find the essence of things since the age of 13; I began psychotherapy in 1982; I have been involved with Buddhism and meditation since 1993; my BA dissertation was on 'The Symbolism of the Centre in Religion and Sacred Art' in which I compared and contrasted symbolism in the art of Hinduism, Islam, Christianity and indigenous art. An exploration of this interface I feel is much needed in view of the current world situation, our multicultural society and the need for spiritually and emotionally nourishing art which can help heal and create a feeling of well being. My work has undergone several transformations over the years. While involved with psychotherapy, my early, representational work explored archetypes and the parent-adult-child theme. Following this, and influenced by Klee, Kandinsky, Rothko and Indian Art, I began to paint from within in a non representational way, experimenting with ways of exploring sexuality, spirituality, self and embodiment through colour, space, light and form symbolism. More recently (and not shown yet on this web site) I am beginning to explore drawing as a meditative process and using various 2-D media to explore the relationship between inner mental states and appearances of the outer world. I intend this to be the start of a new body of work - which I feel has tremendous potential - specifically informed by my own experience of Buddhist teachings on the nature of mind." Denise is also doing some resaerch for the Arts Council and has taught art for 20 years. You can find details of her courses and workshops on her website.
Biography: Education, Training & Professional Development 2007 MA Fine Art 2005 Norfolk Network Business Training Modules 2004 Essential Artist Training: Marketing & Personal Marketing (Commissions East / Business Link Cambridgeshire) 2003 Business Skills Course 2002 Administrating A Level Art (OCR) 1997-98 Homerton College, Cambridge UK: PGCE Secondary Art & Design 1987-91 Brighton University:BA Hons Fine Art 2.1 Pass with Commendation in Art History 1986-87 Brighton Coll Technology:7307 Further & Adult Teaching Certificate 1982-96 Own experience of Art Therapy, Colour Therapy, Bodymind Therapy, Jungian Psychotherapy and Meditation Grants 2004 Award for Website Advice and Design 2003 South Norfolk District Council Grant for business start up 1997 Norfolk County Council VIsual Arts Fund Award Exhibitions 2006 Arts council Multifaith Art Exhibition, Birmingham 2005 Harleston Festival: Harleston Bookshop Gallery Norfolk Open Studios A Lotus in Flower - Art by Buddhists in the West Michaelhouse Centre, Trinity St, Cambridge 2004 Woodbridge Mind Body Spirit Festival 2004 Open Studios Norfolk (solo) Co-ordinator for South Norfolk Open Studios Taster Exhibition 2003 Norfolk Craft Show 1997 Open Studios Norfolk (solo) 1996 John Innes Centre (group) 1992 Horsham Arts Centre (solo) 1991 Fresh Art Fair, London (group) 1988 Brighton Art College Gallery (group) 1987 Oasis Gallery, London (solo), Brighton Centre (group) 1986 Brighton Library (solo), Stanmer House, Brighton 1985 Eastbourne Library (solo) 1984 Fox's Gallery, London (solo), The Arthouse, Leeds Work in Public Collections: Hammersmith Hospital Work in Private Collections: in USA and Europe Residency: Michelham Priory, Sussex Sales & Commissions 2002 on Ongoing prints and cards of my work to retail outlets and craft shows 1976-82 Numerous commissioned paintings for private collectors Art Teaching: Adult & Further Education 2002-03 OCN and GET ARTY Tutor, Norfolk 2001-02 AS Exam Art Tutor (OCR) 1992-93 Visiting Lecturer in Painting for Brighton University Art Certificate students 1991-93 Creative Studies Tutor with trainee nursery nurses 1991-93 Brighton University Art Certificate Lecturer 1987-91 Women's Art Group tutor, Sussex 1982-2004 Adult Education Art Tutor, Sussex and Norfolk Art Teaching: Mental Health 2004 Art/Craft Tutor in mental health residential rehab setting 2004 Art and Craft group leader in residential nursing home for the elderly 1987-91 Private therapeutic art groups with adults 1985-87 Art groups with mental health clients in day centres in Sussex Staff art groups with Social Services in Sussex 1982-84 Assistant to art therapist in psychiatric units in Sussex Assistant group facilitator for OT in psychiatric setting Art Teaching: Children 2003 Art and Design Technology teacher in Infants School 2000-01 Art and Design Technology Curriculum Co-ordinator in Primary School 1998 GCSE and A Level School Teacher 1997-2002 Art and Craft Holiday workshops with children in the community
Country: United Kingdom (Great Britain)
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