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exhibition takt 1

 

BORN: 1988, UK
LIVES AND WORKS IN ENGLAND

 

EDUCATION

2010 – UWE – Bachelor of Fashion and Design
2007 – Weston College – Art Foundation

 

RESIDENCIES

2015 – Takt, Berlin – Artist Residency
 

EXHIBITIONS

2018 – Solo show, The Sheppey, UK
2018 – Open studios, Somerset Art Week, UK
2017 – Group show, Off The wall Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2016 – Solo Show, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2016 – Solo Show ‘Time Will Tell’, Plateau Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2015 – Group show, Takt, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2015 – Group show, Off The Wall Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2015 – Group show, The Red Propeller Gallery, Devon, UK
2015 – Solo show, The Sheppey, UK
2015 – Group show, Takt, Tapir Gallery, Berlin, Germany
2015 – Group show, Off the Wall Gallery, Cardiff, UK
2015 – Group show, The Red Propeller Gallery, Devon, UK
2015 – Solo show, The Sheppey, UK

 

BIOGRAPHY

Millie Gleeson is an artist based in SW England. She graduated in 2010 with a BA(Hons) in Fashion from University of the West of England. Since graduating her focus has been painting large-scale figurative works, dominated by a strong female form. Incorporating her fashion and film background, she develops imagined worlds through costume, site-specific instillation, make-up, props and photography. She has experience working as a Scenic/Set Painter and Prop Maker at film institutions such as Pinewood Studios UK, on films including ‘Pirates of the Caribbean: On Stranger Tides.’ International solo shows include: ‘Time Will Tell’ at Berlin’s Plateau Gallery (2016) and ‘New Works’ at Bristol’s It’s All 2 Much Gallery (2013). In 2015 she completed an artist residency at Takt, Berlin, where she continued to work and exhibit until 2017, until relocating to her current studio in rural Somerset.

 

ARTIST STATEMENT

My large-scale figurative paintings are dominated by a strong female character and perfused with a kaleidoscope of colours. They evolve from staged photoshoots, where I integrate body art, performance, location and my hand crafted costumes.

By assuming multiple roles I fabricate other-worldly environments, creating a narrative through the body in various guises. A playful act emerges between the model and myself as photographer. Exploring certain characteristics, I then pursue the moment when everything just “clicks” into place.

Translating the composed imagery through paint is integral to exposing my raw and intimate response. Through this medium I can align my emotions and let unconscious feelings lead the paint. Working outside in nature, I spin the canvas and throw paint whilst moving to music.

I am fascinated by a reality you almost feel akin with. My interests stem from anything that feeds the imagination by conjuring another world; in particular, books, art, film, theatre, dance, symbols, astrology and most importantly the body.

Painting women allows me to unlock a part of myself; which I feel resides in them, becoming both a transformative and reflective process. Exploring my own visual language through the female figure and its expression.