Joanna Yates

Artist Statement

Since a young age I have been passionate about art and strongly inclined towards portraiture. Having recently completed 3 years at The University of Northampton to gain a first class BA (hons) Degree in Fine Art Painting, I found I was able to explore my preoccupation with both realism and portraiture and progress as an artist on many different levels.

My most recent work has focused on the idea of the photograph providing us with an index for truth, and my attention to characteristically photographic details questions how the relationship between illusion and reality can become blurred. If a viewer perceives an image to have a strong likeness to a photograph, does

this automatically become accepted as real? I aim to absorb the abstract shapes and lines created by the camera and manipulate them through painterly techniques and colour. My subjects are always people close to me, giving me a greater emotional connection with the image and affecting they way in which I see tone, eye contact and surroundings within a composition.

My 2007 painting, entitled "Meral", was exhibited in the 2008 "BP Portrait Award" at the National Portrait Gallery, coming second in the ‘People’s Choice’ award. The exhibition was also shown in Wolverhampton, Aberdeen and Aberystwyth.





2007 - University of Northampton Summer Show

2006 - Wellingborough School Exhibition

2008 - BP Portrait Award at the National Portrait Gallery