2020 UK Graduate Online Exhibition — Painting

Updated: Jan 10


During Lockdown, HelloArtUk launched the online public art exhibitions to support student groups and new generation artists whose graduation exhibitions were cancelled due to the impact of the pandemic. We were pleasantly surprised to receive a lot of submissions~

After screening and sorting, we will exhibit works of photography, painting, sculpture and contemporary art. Click here for the other theme: "Contemporary", "Sculpture" and "Photography".

Let's have a look at the Painting in this article.



01 Tamsin Marshall

In Transit


The title expresses the mood of the painting as well as the expressions on the faces of the couple, illustrating the dull mechanic routine of people going from place to place especially those taking the London Underground. Tamsin wanted to capture this idea of an almost transitory state of people coming and going. Her work ranges from absract art, illustration, to realistic portraiture.

02 Cuthbert Willis 


Colour is an essential part of our visual realities. Yet the mysterious power and sensation that colour can evoke is not often conscious.

Cuthbert's work looks at the delicate interactions of colour and how they affect our relationship with the world. He explores these colour relationships through painting and light art. The work seeks to make conscious the intricate nature and power of colour.

03 Rowena Hutchinson

Toilet rolls with ancient Chinese designs 


Toilet rolls with ancient Chinese designs in reference to the COVID-19 pandemic.

These are works by Rowena Hutchinson @rowenahutchinsonart in response to the absurdities of the history we are experiencing now. She looked at how we globally altered what we valued and deemed luxury when things become harder to get a hold of, to play on the ludicrous nature of how we stockpiled toilet paper. Rowena also wanted to suggest how globally everyone was impacted by the closing of Chinese factories that led to empty shelves. This was similar to the original trade of Chinese porcelain where demand was higher than supply in Europe, leading to the Dutch creation of their own blue and white porcelain in Delft. .

Her work primarily involves a research based approach that varies between sculptural to painting. She has been looking at the impact of trade through history and how it has distorted our perception of art.

04 William Hughes



How do we read memories? William’s practice seeks to explore processes of memory and remembering, reflecting and drawing ideas from nostalgic material from his family. Working with multimedia processes he create works of abstraction and suggestion set in spaces that trigger feelings of familiarity in the audience. He worked in collaboration with his grandfather, using his equipment, his memories, to create pieces. As the memory gradually worsened, the work mirrored him; gradually becoming more deteriorated.

William tries to use materials throughout the process to construct the work; from reclaiming old furniture, old photographs and equipments to using found and weathered material as the base to the pieces. These discarded, often forgotten about materials reinforce themes present throughout his work.


Towards the end of his grandfather’s life, William created pieces mirroring grandfather’s state of mind and physicality. A series of canvas studies based on themes of memory and remembering but specifically the idea of deterioration, fading, withering and residual. These are the depiction of the processes around memory and forgetting.


“Memory is a delay. Memory is a fragment. Memory is of the body that passed. Memory is the trace of a wave goodbye made with a slightly clenched fist. ” (Robert Morris, 1994)

05 Aaron Peever


Left/《A Crimson Hand》

Right/《Fallen Pawns》

Aaron Peever is a Welsh contemporary painter who is interested in themes of the human condition and society. His paintings explore perspectives of British masculinity and social class. His use of male figures, drapery and alcohol motifs become a reflection of a softer or broken-down perspective of masculinity. His imagery doesn’t seem to have a stereotypical portrayal but comes across both as slightly depressive and humorous in approach.

《The Dethroned Fool》|《The Banquet》|《A Nobleman》