VANESSA CUTHBERT - MA(RCA) with distinction

Fellow of the Royal Society of Arts - FRSA

After graduating from the Royal College of Art with a distinction, I continued my creative practice as an artist whilst developing a career as a Senior Lecturer in various
art schools across the UK, mainly at the Manchester School of Art and Liverpool John Moores University, where I taught on the BA(HONS) and MA courses.

My work is often reflective of my own personal experiences whether it is inspired by direct engagement with the subject in the present moment, or drawn from memory.
I use a broad range of media including drawing, printmaking, painting and film, taking an experimental approach to my practice. I'm hugely inspired by taking creative risks
and trying out new approaches.

I am always curious and engaged with the visual arts, theatre, and literature, and also inspired by the outdoors.
My recent landscapes are influenced by the impermanence of the elements and by the changes in light and colour as well as the shapes and textures in the natural world.
My language naturally comes back to abstraction. I work with many layers and techniques that evolve over time. The paintings can take monthes to complete.

I am also interested in exploring new ideas through printmaking, working with layers and incorporating some of the methods I use in painting.

As part of my research as Senior Lecturer at the Manchester School of Art I produced a 72 page book on a Heidelberg press entitled “When My Opera Bird Sings,” which experiments with off-set litho printing and current digital technologies.

I have also several private students and regularly teach life-drawing classes. I am now a full-time artist based in Manchester, England, where I have my studio.

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