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Joseph Laffan

Joseph Laffan MA(RCA)

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DATE OF BIRTH: 26.02.75 NATIONALITY: Irish
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EDUCATION & SKILLS

1997-1999 Royal college of Art, MA Fine Art
Specialised skills: Intaglio, Collagraph, Etching, Photo etch,
Lithograph,
Photography and Emulsion Photography

1996 Loughborough College, City and Guilds in DTP

1994-1997 Loughborough University, BA [Hon’s] Fine Art, First Class
Specialised Skills: Silk screen, Collagraph

1993-1994 Middlesex University, Foundation Course in Art and Design
Specialised Skills: Composition and drawing, Painting, 3D
design, and Photography
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EXHIBITIONS

2003 Adonis Gallery - Group exhibition
2000 ICA - Mardi Gras Contemporary
2000 Westland Place Gallery - Mardi Gras Visual Arts
2000 Mall Galleries - National Print Exhibition
1999 Stroud House Gallery, Gloucestershire - It’s Only Paper
1999 Jill George Gallery, Soho - Six Recent Graduates from the RCA
1999 Hockney Gallery, Royal College of Art - Touch
1999 Royal Geographic Society, Kensington - Quest for Dignity
1998 Storey Gallery, Lancashire - Student Print Open
1998 Royal College of Art - Absolute Secret Exhibition
1997 Ministhorpe Community College, Travelling Exhibition
1995 Derby City Open Exhibition

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AWARDS

2000 The Gwen May RE Commemorative Award (National Print Exhibition)
1999 The Leslie Forbes illustration Award
1997 Arts accord Chelsea Arts Club Award

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WORK EXPERIENCE

Jan 03 Chimera3 Ltd - Designer, Project Manager
Jan 03 HostSP - Freelance designer
Feb 02 University of
Hertfordshire - Designed and tutored a course in basic
printmaking
Feb 02 Lewisham College - Lecturer in Multimedia HND (Visual
Studies)
Lecturer in Multimedia BTEC (digital
design, website development, Photoshop, ideas and concepts
,contextual studies,photography,designed
6 units and tutored 30 students)
LOCN Art and design (basic design model)

Jan 00 Buffalo Communications -New media designer, New media
consultant

Sep 99 St James High School - Sixth Form Photography Course (artist in
residence)

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References available on request



Joseph Laffan (statement)

Following a Foundation Course in Art and Design at Middlesex University, Joseph graduated with a First Class BA (Hons) in Fine art at Loughborough College of Art and an MA in Fine Art at the Royal College of Art in 1999. He has exhibited his work since 1993. He also contributed to the Young Printmakers exhibition at the Mercury Gallery, 1997, and won the Chelsea Arts Club Award with Arts Accord, 1998. He has shown his work throughout the UK and was awarded, ‘The Gwen May Award’ in the National Print Exhibition in January 2000.

Joseph’s work looks at the body from a classical viewpoint. It depicts the traditional body form, but in a damaged state, and thereby challenges our perceptions of beauty. His work blurs the traditional boundaries between painting and photography. He uses mixed media printing techniques as diverse as inkjet to lithographic printing. This is to ensure that the prints contain variations in surface and colour creating different depths in the various pieces.

Joseph’s recent work focuses on the tradition of angels in our culture tracing its roots to make his own modern interpretation of the phenomena that is seen in almost every religious tradition.