DOMINIC BLAKE | LONDON BASED ART WRITER AND PERFORMANCE ARTIST

Author of 'Are Life Models Artists?', lecture series and forthcoming book

 

 

About Us

CONTRIBUTING WRITER 

The Charleston Press, Aesthetica Magazine, Art for All Magazine, HSoA Blog

PUBLICATIONS

Model and Artist in One Body, chapter in the exhibition catalogue for Charleston's 2021 retrospective of Nina Hamnett

Performance Art in the Digital Age, article, Art for All Magazine, Summer 2020

Travelling the Great Circle, book, published by KScope Music, January 2022

Trees of Eternity, book, due for publication, September 2022 by KScope Music

Are Life Models Artists?  book, due for publication in the summer of 2023 (details to follow soon)

LECTURED

The National Gallery, 2019

Mall Galleries, 2019

Hampstead School of Art, 2019

Royal College of Art, February 2022

Middlesex University London, April 2022

Aesthetics Research Centre, University of Kent, May 2022

VIDEOGRAPHIC PERFORMANCE ART


I use my body as my medium to draw in spaceThe ephemeral, hieroglyphic forms I create emerge spontaneously in solitude.  They are direct emotional responses to the environments I locate myself within, internal dialogues and to my body itself; a kind of self-portraiture.  Captured photographically and videographically, they transform into permanent records of time and space.  I also create site specific, live performances grounded in my body.  

EXHIBITED

Royal College of Art (live performance commissioned by RCA Drawing), 2019

Royal Academy of Arts Staff Summer Show (photographic self portraits), 2019

Pitzhanger Manor (untitled live performance, Anish Kapoor at Pitzhanger), 2019

London Drawing, Experimental Forms, 2019

Royal Society of Sculptors, Signals (live performance art installation), 2018

Estorick Collection of Modern Italian Art, 2018

Artist in Residence: The Crypt Gallery, London, September, 2021

LIFE MODELLING

Natural habitat:  The Royal Academy's Life Room

I have worked regularly as a life and portrait model for several years at the Royal Academy within courses focusing on experimental drawing, performative art, anatomical drawing, expressive portraiture, digital drawing and Renaissance art.  I also work regularly within the Friends and Academicians Life Drawing group and within drawing courses delivered by RA Schools in conjunction with Apple, Burberry and the Henry Moore Foundation.  In addition I  have modelled within private events for RA Patrons and Trustees, and for the attRAct programme.   I am featured within two Royal Academy publications:  'Artists Working From Life', which accompanied the RA's 2018 exhibition of the same name, and 'A Little History of the Royal Academy'.  In 2019, I was the first life model in the RA's history to be appointed a member of staff.  Following a pause due to the pandemic, I returned to the RA in late September 2021.  

 

I specialise in creating complex, dynamic gestural forms that are interesting to draw, paint, photograph and sculpt.  Included among the people I have worked with are Eileen Cooper (RA), Cathie Pilkington (RA), Maggi Hambling, David Caldwell (RP), Sam Dalby (RP), Robin Lee-Hall (PPRP), Alastair Adams (PPRP), JJ Delvine, Adele Wagstaff & Andrew James (RP).