Having recently graduated with a BA Honours Degree in illustration from Glasgow School of Art, Ianthe Hope's extraordinary collography portraits and sculptures caught our eye.
Throughout history portraits have been an integral way of charting our past, expanding our knowledge and understanding of peoples, cultures and mannerisms. Heralding the ground breaking studies of Sydney Parker of the New Zealand men in 1769 on board Captain Cook's Endeavour voyage and Picaso's African-influence period which paved the way to cubism; Hope's prints similarly challenge our expectations of how portraits should be through repetition of features, bold lines and shapes.
"The face has always fascinated me, how we are all the same but also visually completely different. I find the face a beautiful thing, and this has played into my work a lot. During my final year of Illustration at GSA my work largely centred around portraits. In my head I give each portrait a personality, jobs and names. Some are based on people I know and some are fictional characters. The use of repetition in my work is a representation of one’s constant awareness of the other. How the constant repeating processes of comparison and judgement impact and inform our consciousness."
"I carved my designs on to a piece of hardboard, varnished them, inked each plate and then printed using a printing press. Each plate lets you print about 20-25 times before becoming flattened. "
"I am planning my next series of portraits. I will be moving the focus away from the eyes and playing with the face. Looking at scars, tattoos, and body abnormalities, and bringing different features into my portraits."
Original portrait prints retail at £28.00 each.
For more information about Ianthe's work visit http://www.ianthehope.com/