OTIS BLEASE: ARTIST IN RESIDENCE
BRISTOL DOORS OPEN DAY 2016
My name is Otis Blease and I’m a 20 year old university student, about to go into my second year studying Drawing and Print at the University of the West of England (UWE), Bristol.
I was invited to be an Artist in Residence here at Jamaica Street Artists Studios – an excellent opportunity to explore the working environment of multiple talented artists, as well as attempting to produce a body of work based on my experiences. This provided insight into the working lives of the artists and also the sense of community that comes with working in a creative space such as this.
I recorded visual notes and scenes that I found interesting around the studios and observed artists using a range of materials and processes. It was interesting to see studio holders working to the deadline of public demand for their stylised works of art – whether this was in the form of a dreamlike cityscape painting by Adrian Sykes, Dorcas Casey’s unsettling yet beautiful sculptures or an illustrated animation of a dark and moody scene by Tom Mead.
I found Jamaica Street Artists Studios to be a broad spectrum of creativity; a place where an Argentinian doll maker can work alongside someone drawing highly detailed objects.
The drawings I have created are work in progress sketches of any scenes I found particularly interesting. I made myself a passive observer simply recording settings in which art is, has or will soon be made.
If you came to see my work during Bristol Doors Open Day then share your experience: