I actually chose to go with Kay Nielsen this time because of a comment you ended up making last February when I first came to the university, ha!
I had almost no artwork to my name because I’d only been drawing for the last two months and I brought my work in so I could get enough constructive criticism and guidance to hopefully make enough portfolio material that I could try for the 2019 admissions.
Instead I was given some lovely feedback from you, Carol, Ben, Shane and Pascal, something that really helped build me up at a time where I was struggling with a lot of things all at once, and doubting that it was worth trying to pick up drawing again after losing touch with it in high school. You ended up telling me that a couple of pieces reminded you of Nielsen, and I ended up diving into his body of work afterwards, delighted to find such an interesting style that at the time, was absolutely alien to me. Diving back into his catalogue as a student is a funny feeling, but a nice one to be sure!
Somewhat akin to Aubrey Beardsley and Ivan Bilibin, Kay Nielsen’s flair for dress and costume is something I’m consistently gobsmacked by. His work with patterns, ornament and texture create this beautiful and nearly alien depiction of human beauty. There’s touches of this in his environments as well, there’s a piece I’ll post below that exemplifies this and almost reminds me of the way Gustav Klimt did his textures, particularly in the robes and clothing.