Esther Yasmin Groeneveld
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Observational Drawings

Drawings drawn from observation using black fine-line pen in several different locations around London and Cambridge.

July Open Studios

Cambridge Open Studios 2017
Cambridge Open Studios 2017
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oil paint, pencils, inks, watercolour, photography, digital illustration, video art, animation
I create highly detailed work; drawing from observation using pencils or pens or painting from imagination and visual references using oil paint.
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My work can be considered to be divided over two main categories and one small category. The first is observational work. I love choosing interesting environments or elements of an environment and recording what I can see through drawing. I also love drawing portraits, however, I generally go less out of my way to make people sit still in front of me than to visit an interesting location where I can sit still for several hours. I find drawing from a photograph a lot less interesting than drawing from real life. When drawing, I like using either pencils, pens, watercolours, inks or a combination of them.

The second category that I would divide my work over is oil painting. I like painting highly detailed scenarios using strong contrasts and bold colours. I always want my paintings to tell a story or communicate a concept that I find much easier to express through an image than through words. As a result, my paintings tend to have a dreamlike, one could say surrealist, quality to them. 

I admire and am inspired by the works of many different artists, amongst which include Josephine Wall, M.C. Escher, Rembrandt van Rijn, Pierre-Auguste Renoir, Henri Rousseau and Yayoi Kusama.  

The last small category that I can divide my work over is experimental. I get moments where I really want to learn or experiment with a different medium and so I will chose a project that will allow me to do that. Amongst these mediums have been photography, video and animation, woodwork, electronics (making circuit boards), digital illustration and computer programming.  

I currently hold a foundation diploma in art and design from Cambridge School of Visual and Performing Arts (CSVPA) and a bachelor's degree in design from Goldsmiths, University of London.