|INDEX GLOBAL MURALS 1745 PRESTONPANS ARTS FESTIVAL GOTHENBURG FOWLERS|
Summer School for Murals Artists - August 13th/ 19th 2006
Mural Artists Summer School @ The Global Conference
Art Mortimer, California
|John Pugh, California - USA
By weaving the powerful story-telling abilities of the narrative mural into the engaging impact of the life-size trompe L'oeil illusion artist John Pugh has created a stimulating and enlightening venue for both public and private art.
His murals have been instrumental in revitalizing the trompe L'oeil genre as a vital mode of artistic expression that is both aesthetically and intellectually challenging. By the synthesis of deception and enlightenment Pugh has legitimatised and expanded the horizons of the trompe L'oeil mural. He has created a truly monumental body of work and an artistic style worthy of its own descriptive expression: Narrative Illusionism. Kevin Bruce, author of the upcoming book "The Monumental Murals of John Pugh"
||Wei Luan - USA
Wei was born in Manchuria, China in 1957. Wei went to school in Manchuria and studied at Luxun University, the finest university in China dedicated to only fine arts. After graduation he became an associate professor at Harbin University in the Fine Arts Department. He was commissioned, by the Chinese Ministry of Religion, to paint the history of Buddha from a man to a god. This was a first such history of its time. This project involved Wei and one other artist and 8 volunteer assistants. Over a period of 18 months they painted more than 400 murals and paintings in a national chinese temple. After Tiananmen square, Wei took advantage of a window of opportunity and he and his wife moved to New York.
In 1989 he was commissioned to do a one man show that depicted the events of 1989 including: The Tiananmen Square. Since that time he has lived and painted murals and portraits all over the United States and Canada. In 2001, he was given International recognition, by the Portrait Society of America, as one of the 10 most talented artists in the world. His painting of Israeli Prime Minister Shimon Peres won him the award.
|Michelle Loughery and the Youth Mural Program
Michelle Loughery is an artist, organiser and educator. She has worked in the field of community public art for 20 years and has created over 40 large-scale murals, working with inter-generational groups, teens, elders, and children. Michelle served as Art Administrator for 10 years.
"I am an artist whose work is large scale, collaborative,
public art pieces. I make community based monuments, which arise
out of dialogue and exchange with community members. Mentorship
is a natural outgrowth of my work as an artist. It is part of
my projects that flowed into community public art, and now I find
the circle completed with a renewed interest in how community,
culture and change are part of the educational process".
|Sandy Moffat - Glasgow, Scotland
Artist and former Head of Painting at the Glasgow School of Art with over 42 years teaching experience.
His workshop subject will focus on the portrait within the mural
and will relate to his portraits of the poets, etc and how they
reconfigure into large scale paintings. HeˇŻll also refer
to the mural paintings of his ex students, Ken Currie, Peter Howson,
and Steven Campbell. Incidentally, he was recently in Italy visiting
John Bellany (heˇŻll be talking about his big early pictures)
Andrew has been Mural Convenor of The Prestoungrange Arts Festival since 2003. He has completed several of the murals by himself, but the vast majority of the work has been working with local artists, schools or residents of Prestonpans.
As well as running weekly Painting classes at The Prestoungrange Painting Club at The Cockenzie Business Centre he has completed many murals worldwide. He recently completed a one man show in central Edinburgh about changing sky over the Firth of Forth. Andrew will lead the mural in a day project.
As a successful mural painter in South Africa and with roots in Prestonpans, Adele has brought a vitality and energy to her mural creations in Prestonpans. She runs a painter class at the business centre every Wednesday. She recently completed ˇ°The Redburn Dairy Cowˇ± for the Edinburgh Cowparade.
As the Senior Artworker at Craigmillar Arts, Mike has been working within a community context for over 20 years, but his main mural achievement has been the murals at The end of Princes Street in the centre of Edinburgh. For over 23 years he has painted 4 murals every year, each one making a comment on global issues.