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Artist's StatementCurrently I am working in acrylics and pastels. During the 2020 lockdown year, my work gradually developed into a more narrative, dreamlike style. Figures and animals emerging amongst other flora and fauna. I work on a series of paintings at a time, building up multiple layers of acrylic, pencil pastel and washes. The work develops in a very organic way. I have an initial sense of where I am heading but from then on I follow what feels right. Individual pieces are worked on and revisited multiple times.
I originally studied ceramics at the Central School of Art and Design where my final degree show was made up of hand coiled, lidded pots which featured wild animal designs. After leaving art college I set up my own ceramic studio for some years carrying on my love of surface colour and design, handpainting china with my wild animals. During this time I sold my work to shops and Galleries around England and overseas and took part in exhibitions and trade fairs.
After some years I decided on a career change moving into the film industry as a freelance painter and art finisher. Starting out at The Jim Henson Creature Shop in Hampstead, I went on, over the next 26 years, to work on many film productions in the creature effects and prosthetic make up departments.
Since leaving the film industry and moving to Cambridge I have been able to focus on my own work again.
I am a member of the Cambridge Drawing Society, the Society of East Anglian Watercolourists.My work can also be see at Cambridge Contemporary Art Gallery. I exhibit regularly as part of Cambridge Open Studios.
Art SubjectsLandscape, Figurative, Animals, Floral, Nature, Imaginary
Art Materialsacrylic, pastels
Astrig Akseralian's Portfolios
Walking the Dog
These are part on my ongoing, current series based on the theme of dogs and dog-walkers.
Feed the Birds
These paintings are part of my ongoing series which is based on the idea of feeding the birds, wild and domestic.
Tending the Flock
These paintings are all based on a recurring theme of my love of goats and their antics.
Working the Land
These paintings are based on my ongoing love of allotments.