Gemma Conway graduated with a BA(Hons) in Fine Art from DJCAD (2015). During her 3rd Year of study she spent a semester at the Australian National University in Canberra, Australia. In 2016 she graduated with a MLitt in Fine Art Practice at The Glasgow School of Art. She continues to live and work in Glasgow.
“My work has always been inspired by the people, from all walks of life, that I pass on the street everyday. Most recently, my work has been focusing on modern life and questions how much choice is actually available to a person living in our current society – a society where people are categorised based on minimal information. I represent figures in this abstract way which encourages viewers to make their own assumptions about who these people are based on the little information provided.”
This series of work is based on photographs of figures in cityscapes. She renders them into two-dimensional graphic images in a bold palette of orange, reds and violet. This series sits alongside a large collection of smaller black and white study pieces. Conway is interested in the amount of information that a flat image can convey about a subject’s age, gender and intention.