NICKY SCOTT-FRANCIS :::: AUTOMATIC BIRO ART

#Art of the Sub-Conscious Mind#

Creating from the depths of my sub-conscious and emotions are my motivating force behind my practice as an automatic biro art and watercolour artist. Most of my life I have worked as a flautist playing a wide range of music with improvisation as its main component. I began creating artworks in 2011 as a result of great mental and emotional distress and the only way I could endure the pain was to literally draw it out of myself onto paper. My first artworks were black and white biro drawings on A4 sheets of paper but I subsequently expanded my work by drawing on larger sized A1 paper and adding watercolour paint. I categorise myself a self-taught, automatic artist creating art flowing from my sub-conscious mind, free from conscious thought, concept and construction. Continuing in the path of Surrealist automatism as defined in Andre Bretton’s, 'Manifesto of Surrealism' - “Pure psychic automatism by which it is intended to express the true function of thought. Thought dictated in the absence of all control exerted by reason and outside all aesthetic or moral preoccupations” -. In my case I include emotions alongside thought in Bretton’s definition. As all my artworks are free improvisations on paper, conscious decisions only arise once the ballpoint pen drawing is complete; then I choose the colours to paint. You can view the artworks at http://www.youtube.com/user/automaticbiroart

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