Portraits of the artist as a neophyte

Matthew Thompson’s portfolio of fine art students forms a vivid picture of the day-to-day creative process, writes Stephanie McBride 

An organisation’s official prospectus will usually accentuate the positive. It will attempt the equivalent of ‘de-cluttering’ and ‘staging’ for a house viewing or a visiting dignitary; and after a sanding down of all the rough edges and a vigorous polish and shine, everything will have a flawless surface sheen. The prospectus is a close cousin, too, of those computer-generated images of the planned shopping centre with its perfect people, perfect trees and perfect skies. Without any sense of irony, such Photoshopping is sometimes captioned ‘An artist’s impression’.

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