Caitlyn Prudhoe

BA (Hons) Fine Art | Class of 2020

From a young age, I have always loved to paint. I remember getting so excited as a child on Christmas morning when receiving art-related gift sets. I was a very troubled child and used to take my anger out on my artwork, and ever since then, art has been a coping strategy.

When I paint or draw, I can express myself, and aid my mental health, as I feel ‘dark’ and ‘clouded’. My work has always had strong themes which are often taboo topics, as I enjoy the feedback and attention that I get from people questioning it.

I produce works using expressionism and abstraction within my paintings. I focus a lot on portraiture because I feel you can capture a lot by exploring the human face and how it shows emotions. I use mediums such as acrylic paint and oil paint to produce my work, however currently my works are digital based, due to lack of materials and changed working conditions during a global pandemic (COVID-19). I have decided to name my project ‘REALITY?’, which features many themes of taboo topics including cancer, pollution, overpopulation etc. I aim to make people question my work and question their own perceptions of what is happening in the world right now.