Natalie Papamichael

CONTEMPORARY FIGURATIVE ARTIST

OIL PAINTINGS

FOCUSING ON PORTRAITURE AND SELF-PORTRAITURE

My Oil Paintings reference my studies in Art History and feminism. I use the techniques of the old masters, working on each painting over an extended period of time.

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ACRYLICS

CREATED FROM PHOTOGRAPHS
AND PRINTED IMAGES

My acrylics consist of self-portraits, and portraits of family and friends, painted from photographs in everyday settings. These acrylics are technically flowing and quick to create.

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DRAWINGS

DRAWN FROM RESEARCH ON FEMALE ARTISTS AND MAGAZINES

My drawings are based on images from my books on women Artists, magazines and personal photographs. They also contain notes referencing my everyday life, intertwining fact and fiction.

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A LITTLE ABOUT ME

INSPIRATION AND INFLUENCES

Natalie Papamichael is a figurative artist whose paintings and drawings emerge from a dialogue between her personal experiences and her study of art history, psychoanalysis and feminism.

Raised in England by a French mother and Greek father, she moved to Paris in her early twenties where she started painting and exhibiting work. In 1996, she returned to London to study Fine Art at Central Saint Martins. Subsequently, she became involved with the Women’s Art Library, researching feminist performance artists of the 1970’s and creating her own performances. She went on to study an MA in Art History at the Courtauld Institute of Art, where she explored the exclusion of women from academic training and received art history. Combining this research with her own studio practice, she travelled to Florence to learn classical painting techniques.

Inspired by female artists from seventeenth-century Baroque painter, Artemisia Gentileschi, to contemporary photographer, Anna Gaskell, she is self-trained in the tradition of the academic model. Initially recreating work by women artists, she has gone on to develop new narratives in her painting practice using masquerade, performance and self-portraiture.

She has exhibited with Shape Arts and has spoken about her practice and process in relation to feminist art history as part of ‘InPractice’ at the Royal Academy of Arts, London and ‘Share Art’ at Pallant House Gallery in Chichester. She currently lives and works in Brighton.

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CURRICULUM VITAE

Born in 1971

Qualifications and Training

2007 Angel Academy of Art, Intensive Painting course, Florence

2007 MA History of Art, Courtauld Institute of Art, London

2002 BA Fine Art (Hons), Central Saint Martins College of Fine Art, London

Solo Exhibitions

2003 Herstory, Brighton Fringe Festival, Brighton

1994 Paintings from L’Hôpital Sainte-Anne, Finnegans Wake, Paris

Group Exhibitions

2016 This is my life, curated by Shape Arts, The Embassy Theater, Skegness

2016 Phoenix Open, Phoenix, Brighton

2014 Shape Gallery, Stratford, London

2013 Shape at Liberty Festival, London

2013 Shape in the City, Pop Up Gallery, London

2012 Civil Partnerships, University of Brighton, Brighton

2010 Dream Home, Phoenix, Brighton

2010 Phoenix Open, Phoenix, Brighton

2009 Phoenix Open, Phoenix, Brighton

2003 Chixx, Tavistock Theater, London

2001 Foreign Bodies, London School of Hygiene and Tropical Medicine, London

2001 Women Artists, People Show, London

2001 Tinted Spectacles, The Stephen Lawrence Gallery, London

Other

2016  InPractice at the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2016  Share Art, Pallant House Gallery, Chichester 

2015  InPractice at the Royal Academy, Royal Academy of Arts, London

2013 Jensen, Olu, Revolting Doubles: Radical Narcissus and the Trope of Lesbian Doppelgangers, Journal of Lesbian Studies,
17:3-4, 344-364
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2012 Civil Partnerships Forum, University of Brighton, Brighton

2010 Interview, Radio Reverb, Brighton

2002 MAKE the magazine of Women’s Art, Online Graduate Review, London

2001 Intern, Women’s Art Library, London