Tutor Report – Assignment 4

Tutor report

Student name Mike Bayliss Student number 512828
Course/Module CIP Assignment number 4
Tutorial type Skype/ghangout

Overall Comments

There have been some exciting steps forwards for you particularly with the figure images, as we have discussed. Overall a good hand in with some work to resolve before the next assignment completion.

Good steps forward- consider pushing the figure works further and thinking about how you may present the body of work- what works as series, singles and so on.

The limited palette is working harder and is more secure- look at the palettes of other artists who work in this more measured way- such as Euan Uglow for example(also for brush work).

Consider scale and possibilities of using scale to your advantage. Small as much as larger works need to be intended by the artist. Extend and work on your 2000 statement

Assessment potential

I understand your aim is to go for the Painting * Degree and that you plan to submit your work for assessment at the end of this course. From the work you have shown in this assignment, providing you commit yourself to the course, I believe you have the potential to succeed at assessment. In order to meet all the assessment criteria, there are certain areas you will need to focus on, which I will outline in my feedback.

Feedback on assignment

Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Quality of Outcome, Demonstration of Creativity


The tutorial was, overall, encouraging while discussing some strengths and weaknesses with the current work.

Michele spoke about some of the earlier practical work and compared with images 65 and 68, which, while still not fully resolved were thought to be more interesting, particularly image 65, which I was aware of. There is a greater sense of of depth and distinction between foreground and background even though the image is still quite abstract. In future painting, regardless of the theme or content, I want to exploit the nature of the medium more to greater effect. Maybe a better analogy would be that of a very good musician, who, because he has great knowledge and skill with his instrument can play almost anything.

We spoke briefly about image 77 which wasn’t working as well as image 65, also in relation to images 82 and 83 and the potential of following through with more of these figure images, also looking at Gerhard Richter’s work as a source of interest. I had already thought about doing a series of figure images, working on a small scale based on some of the observations in London and we discussed this as potentially a way forward, thinking about producing a body of work through assignments 5 and 6 and on to the final assessment. Michele spoke about envisioning the work in an exhibition space and so considering scale, how to group, hang etc. – this is quite helpful.

Michele suggested going back over the research, textural work of the assignments and rewriting sections that required more depth and more of an independent viewpoint and a connect with the practical work. We also spoke about continuing work on the artist’s statement, thinking about everything that needs to be considered in making a full statement of up to a few thousand words.


Demonstration of technical and Visual Skills, Demonstration of Creativity

Begin to collate your sketchbooks now ready for assessment.

Learning Logs or Blogs/Critical essays


Work back to enrich your research where we have discussed and improve on the depth of the writing- making explicit things that -at the moment- may be implicit.

Suggested reading/viewing


Playing to the Gallery by Grayson Perry

And for the bookshelf- Shone R, and Stonard J. The Books that Shaped Art History. (Thames and Hudson).

Pointers for the next assignment

This is beginning to play out through your brush work and more considered palette. Keep working with this uppermost in your mind as it is starting to give solid rewards. The contexts that you are drawing on are fine but keep in mind the more global artists, which is why I point back to Richter- particularly in relation to brush work… This is important to consider as you begin to consider a body of work- At times there can be a distance between what you are reading and reflecting upon and what you are doing in studio- I can see the assimilation happening but you need to be more explicit about it- sometimes you assume that the reader will just know what you mean- rather than demonstrating your good knowledge. This needs careful drafting for the next assignment- expanding into the concerns of your work, contexts and inspirations. If you are unclear please email me and we can work through it.

Enrich your research and continue the good work! Well done!!

Michele Whiting

31st August 2017


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