Artist of the Month

August: Selina Ogilvy

Image: Selina Ogilvy, 'History of Art Remix: Hendrickje on Mars (after Rembrandt)'. Oil on Canvas, 89cm x 59cm.

Our Artist of the Month feature aims to promote artists' work and raise issues in a quick, informal way. August's Artist of the Month is Selina Ogilvy.

Hello, what do you do?

Hello, I'm a multidisciplinary artist.


Where are you based?

I've been in Bruton, Somerset for over 4 years.


Where do you work?

My favourite place at home is the dining room table, otherwise it's on location or nomadic moments between places.


What does 'success' mean to you?

A really good idea.


Do you earn a living from making art? If not, or partially, what else do you do?

I work and I'm a mother.


What makes a good artwork?

Something you return to.


What have you been up to recently?

This year I have been organising a local word-of-mouth Life Drawing session. After finishing my MFA, I needed to return to the essentials that make me tick. I am focusing primarily on drawings and studies this year of anything that is nearby. Thinking about the local and wider problems in the rest of the world, combining that with sense of displacement as a woman who feels underrepresented in the History of Art. It's not all about being naked in a picture.


What have you got coming up?

This is a fallow year – making work first, thinking about plans to show next year.



MFA at Bath School of Art and Design, graduated in February 2018. Worked for Yinka Shonibare MBE as his Painter/Studio Assistant for about 13 years. Critical Fine Art Practice BA (Hons) at Central Saint Martin's. Born in London.

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What's On

Empire Through the Lens

Bristol Museum & Art Gallery, Queens Rd, Bristol BS8 1RL

Saturday 30 September 2017 – Friday 31 August 2018

Plymouth Art Weekender 2018


Tuesday 09 January 2018 – Sunday 30 September 2018

The Artizan Garden Salon Open Show

7 Lucius Street

Friday 02 February 2018 – Sunday 23 December 2018

Visual Arts South West

Working towards a South West where talented artists thrive, and a resilient and connected visual arts ecology that inspires more engaged and diverse audiences to value and advocate for its work.

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