"To paint three elements are required, the hand, the eye, and the heart. Two won't do." Chinese proverb.
My name is Vanessa Brassey.
I am a figurative painter and academic philosopher.
These are surprisingly sympathetic activities which allow me to investigate a number of unsolved puzzles using a wide variety of tools.
Mostly, these puzzles are about emotions, pictures, and perception.
In my own picture making, I aim to capture the transient emotions that make up the quicksilver of our lives. My primary tools for this are colour and perspective. More on this here.
I am also a Visiting Researcher at King's College London, Director of the Centre for Philosophy and Art, and a JRSP 2021 Short List Art & Knowledge Awardee. My work in philosophy encompasses academic research and publications and also magazine articles, talks, and gallery events.
At the moment I work primarily on projects that straddle both academic analytic philosophy and fine art painting.
PARLIAMENT HILL LIDO CAFE
26TH APRIL - 15TH MAY 2022
'Lido or Pond, which swimmer are you?' New paintings and prints about swimming on the Heath.
Prices start at £50 (unframed postcard size paintings)
This collection is growing and developing in response to feedback and input from the wonderful swimmers - please add your voice by filling in the form below.
Pond or Lido - which swimmer are you?
Thank you for participating in this project about the community of Lido and Pond Swimmers at Hampstead Heath. I plan to incorporate your feedback into the paintings and a film. You can choose to participate anonymously or opt-in to stay in touch (in which case I may contact you for an interview for the film). I'll post the progress of this series on my instagram.