Artist of the Month 2018

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

Craft Workshops

Various Venues

Friday 08 February 2019 – Tuesday 31 December 2019

Linda Brothwell Conversations in Making

Stonehenge Visitor Centre, Amesbury, Wiltshire SP4 7DE

Friday 24 May 2019 – Sunday 24 November 2019

Exeter's Fine Art Collection: A Sense of Place

Royal Albert Memorial Museum & Art Gallery, Queen Street, Exeter, Devon, EX4 3RX

Tuesday 18 June 2019 – Sunday 15 March 2020

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.

Part of the Contemporary Visual Arts Network

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