MA Scenic Art
Originally educated in film and photography at the University of Westminster in London, Jean progressed to digital media management roles in broadcasting and entertainment companies at the likes of BBC Studios, WarnerMedia, Walt Disney and Sony Pictures. Her passion for visual arts and theatre led her to retrain as a scenic artist.
Previous credits include; supervising scenic artist on Her Naked Skin (Circomedia Bristol), and as scenic artist on Earthquakes in London (Bristol Old Vic), The Snow Queen (Redgrave Theatre Bristol), and The Laramie Project (Bristol Old Vic).
Jean’s previous career experience has also provided her extensive technical knowledge in digital film, video, and the photographic arts, as well as team and project management skills. The MA Scenic Art course complements, and has added to, her skillset which she hopes to develop further within theatre, film/television and animation.
Detail of nose.
Having no experience of using spray guns, Jean chose a topic that she had seen before and liked. A fan of Koons’s work, his giant balloon dog sculptures made of mirror-polished stainless steel were a perfect challenge for the medium. This one in particular is iridescent (most come in a single colour) and was photographed indoors, presumably in a gallery. Jean very much liked how the reflections of the room, with its almost unidentifiable objects, would morph against the shape and colours of each limb. She enjoyed the detail and complexity of using multiple layers of masking between each application of paint in order to recreate the surface of the object.
Detail of bottom-left section.
This piece combines reproducing a wood finish with trompé l’œil to give it three dimensionality. Jean liked the combination of two types of wood with a variety of carved mouldings and marquetry. The wood grain effects were created using homemade tools such as combs cut out of store/points cards, mouse mats and belts. It was painted in her sister’s garage during the lockdown period when students were taught over Zoom. Being outdoors provided valuable experience into working in the elements and how hot/changing weather can adversely affect the behaviour materials, which is a situation a professional scenic artist might need to work through.
Detail of face.
The textures found in the hair and skin, and the character of the sitter in his pose, made this a pleasure to draw. The head is drawn twice life size and was also done early on during lockdown. Jean took the opportunity to develop the accuracy of her drawing skills and in particular wanted to focus on the human face and head. Made with what was available to her at the time; on wallpaper lining paper with a few graphite pencils.