Roger Hesketh – Artists Statement
After many years of working in Graphic Design I came to realise that the career I would much prefer to be involved in was Fine Art. I had previously studied Art and Design when I left school but then decided on a career in design where I was educated to HND level.
I took my first step towards a career change in 2012 when a small studio space in a centre for creative industries became available to me. It was at Higherford Mill, Barrowford, Lancashire in a local 19th century textile mill. Here my drawing and painting evolved quickly until finally I felt confident enough to apply for an Arts Council Grant in 2013.
My application was successful and the funding allowed me to purchase the materials I needed to indulge in some serious studio time. I completed some large scale drawings and paintings on canvas then displayed them to the public in my first solo exhibition. This took place at The Ace Centre, Nelson, Lancashire where I sold two paintings on the preview night. Following my success, I became involved in Open Studio events and exhibited my work alongside the small group of artists who also resided in the textile mill.
To further my career in 2015 I applied for a degree course at Blackburn University. I was accepted on the course and became a mature student studying for a BA (Hons) in Fine Art. The title for my Dissertation and Final Integrated Project was the “Celebrity Portrait” influenced by the “Power of Mass Media”.
I investigated how we became susceptible to the allure of glamour through an image and what contemporary portraits try to communicate. I researched the history of Contemporary Portrait Artists who have challenged these ideal representations.
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