Thu 14 Feb 2019

Art & Design Foundation teacher exhibits work at Buckingham Palace


Exhibition at Buckingham Palace!

Meet Jethro Buck, our Art & Designer Foundation teacher who recently exhibited work at Buckingham Palace, at the request of Prince Charles himself!

We're thrilled to share that one of our teachers, Jethro Buck, who teaches on our Art & Design Foundation course, was chosen by Prince Charles to showcase work at Buckingham Palace to mark His Royal Highnesses' 70th birthday. Jethro, who has a Bachelor’s degree in Fine Art from our accredited awarding body Falmouth University, had 9 paintings hung in Buckingham Palace as part of the 100 works chosen by Prince Charles in an exhibition titled 'Prince and Patron'.

As a newcomer to our school, Jethro is a painter with a special interest in Indian miniature painting. He applies traditional techniques to explore and celebrate the natural world often using hand ground natural pigments to paint.  

We recently caught-up with Jethro and asked him about his exciting news, and what advice he could give to students looking to establish themselves as fine artists.

How does it feel to be exhibiting at Buckingham Palace?

"It was great to exhibit at Buckingham Palace. It was surreal, inspiring, humbling and a privilege to see my work hung next to some genuine greats - Vermeer and Holbein being particular highlights. It came about because I went to the Prince’s School of Traditional Arts. which is one of Prince Charles’s charities. The exhibition was a 70th birthday celebration where Prince Charles selected his favourite work from the Queens gallery and from his charities."

What do you love about being a painter?

"There are many things I love about being a painter, it is hard to narrow it down. I love the versatility of paint; there is magic to the process of turning pigments into ideas and vice versa. It is constantly challenging and I feel I learn something new with every painting. When things are going well there is a sweet spot where time seems to dissolve. It’s the balance between doing something hard but also finding the flow. I think flow is only found after a lot of studio hours." 

What preparation and process do you go through when starting a new painting?

"The first step is to have an idea, however the painter Suerat quite rightly said “Inspiration follow work not work inspiration”, so the process is cyclical. Many ideas come whilst painting. When I begin a new project, I pick up a pencil and draw out many ideas and compositions. These drawings are often done quite quickly in sketchbooks or on any paper I can find. I keep drawing and re-arranging until I find I am happy with the overall arrangement of component parts. A good composition is half the battle. If something is not directly adding anything to what I want to say, I try to get rid of it. I then establish the main colours and then prepare my paint. I often use natural pigments which I grind with a muller on a slab and mix with gum Arabic to make an opaque gouache or oils."

What advice would you give to students on how to establish themselves as a fine artist?

"Put the studio hours in. Be consistent, make work even when you don’t want to. Spend time on your own making work. Understand yourself, understand your work and understand your audience. Also collaborate with others - talk to people in your field of interest, share ideas, get work experience where ever you can with people a bit further down the line than you.  Get a body of work together and get your work out there, group together to organise an exhibition and have it anywhere you can. Make the exhibition you want to see. Invite everyone. If you want to sell your work, start cheap and go up incrementally. Generally, co-operate and be kind to everyone you meet and work with."

To find out more about our Art & Design Foundation course, click here.

To learn more about his royal highnesses' exhibition, the 'Prince & Patron', click here.

To read more about Jethro, click here.


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