Talent-spotters: De Montfort

Our guest talent-spotter, Paul Ross, visited Leicester’s De Montfort degree show, which included some great pieces of illustration work, as well as an interesting use of sculpture…

Our guest talent-spotter, Paul Ross, visited Leicester’s De Montfort degree show, which included some great pieces of illustration work, as well as an interesting use of sculpture.

Beginning my tour in Graphic Design & Illustration, I was immediately taken by Chris Goodson’s work. The bold linocuts and muted colours really stood out, particularly in his visualization of a child’s pondering on old wives tales. Ingeniously compelling!

Alisia Bufano’s designs for some of Edgar Allan Poe’s works were also a pleasure to see in this part of the show. There’s a beautiful depth and simplicity in the ‘cut out’ approach to these pieces, and the shadows they cast set the tone just right for gothic fiction.

Finally in this area, it was Sarah Nash’s work that caught my eye. The Evolution of Kodak (a campaign to celebrate the history of the brand and help sell 35mm film) shows her versatility, and great attention to detail in the research and execution.

You might find it interesting that nothing particularly digital made its way into my choice of designers/ illustrators. I can only say that from working in a Digital Design Agency it was refreshing to see work that embraced the more traditional, mechanical approach to producing the work.

Moving through the Photography show, it was Archit Patel’s work that stood out for me. The staged cinematic stills, based on true crimes, are very evocative and atmospheric. But I would have really liked to have seen them presented on a larger scale.

In the Fine Art Show, Lindsey Archer’s work exploring 3 dimensional space and architecture was very refreshing. Using card and paper these were displayed as wall and floor pieces.

Samantha Stubbs’ large scale collage portraits of celebrities dominated the room with their visceral nature.

Megan McMullen’s versatile paintings emphasised colour and perspective, and created a subtle tension and narrative.

Sculpture was also represented by Jessica Castle’s wall pieces made of discarded cardboard packaging. These organic forms seemed to grow out of the wall like writhing giant paper mache.

Last but not least Nigel Oldman’s work in the Design Crafts Show had me mesmerized. Sadly the photo doesn’t do his kinetic sculpture justice. The metal blades scissor, causing the wooden spheres to gracefully rise and fall creating a hypnotic feeling of weightlessness; fantastic!

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