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‘The Residency’ documentary completes post production

The Residency Film Still
Fact Not Fiction Films has confirmed that their documentary ‘The Residency’, directed by Monika Grassl, has completed post production – their third documentary to do so in a week.

The feature length documentary focuses on five emerging painters who were studying in the UK and their attendance of the first ever da Vinci artist residency held in the summer of 2016 in Nuremburg; followed by an exhibition in Piccadilly, London that took place in late 2017.

Producer Tristan Loraine commented:

“This project would never have happened without the support of da Vinci DEFET GmbH, their CEO Mr Hermann Meyer and Executive Producer Mr Chris Rangel. I would also like to thank Mr Nils Knappe, CEO of Schmincke Artist Colours and everyone who worked on the film, in particular our director Monika Grassl and Ed and Luke White (sound and cinematographer) for their endless professionalism.”

Director Ms Monika Grassl stated:

“Every painting is like a journey, but also every film is. As a director, I appreciated all the difficult and painful moments of these painters during their creative process. I perfectly understood how it feels like to be under pressure to create something new and fascinating, having doubts, being self-critical or being stuck in the process. Their wish to express feelings and thoughts through art is what I also try to do with my films. Therefore, as a director I felt a lot of connections and similarities between me and my protagonists. This is what made the work on the film very interesting and exciting to me. It was also a personal enrichment to me, to get to feel the process of painting in particular with its calm and very intimate moments and at the same time to dive into the different personalities and motivations of these artists. Therefore, it was very important to me to also show those diversities in the film and to find out why they have decided to paint and what does it have to do with their personal lives."

The CEO of da Vinci, Mr Hermann Meyer commented:

“What a wonderful experience – it was great to be the host for the residency and part of a journey which is perfectly documented in very impressive pictures.”

With an understanding of landscape as corporeal, geographical, psychological and/or political, leading emerging artists Dr Suzi Morris, Melody Park, Sam Stopford, David Schroeter and Jonathan Kelly will reveal one or more of these aspects through a range of painting practices.

The five artists, two of which are now represented by Noon Powell Fine Art, were originally selected for the Residency in Germany by five of the leading British art schools as representatives of painting today.

 'Phytogenetic Tree of Life' - Dr Suzi Morris

'Phytogenetic Tree of Life' - Dr Suzi Morris

Dr Suzi Morris (University of East London), co-founder of the Residency and a former Art Director in Film, recently completed a professional doctorate in Fine Art at the University of East London. Morris’ research and painting practice expands the dialogue between art and science. As genomic medicine creates viruses to cure cancers, Morris draws upon the homologous relationship between pigment and viruses to create viral landscapes of colour and mark making – the Viral Sublime.

Jonathan Kelly (Royal Academy) born in Hereford, recently graduated from the Royal Academy Schools. Kelly is attracted to the earliest art, the Paleolithic, as it looks beyond today’s complexities to more universal concerns of life, death and sexuality. He paints totemic idols, deities and venuses and employs reductive geometries to create flattened mandala-like structures that suggest a devotional function.

Melody Park (Kingston University) is an artist who is quicker with her hands than with her head. Thus, when she was inspired by something, she wants to tap into it immediately, at that very moment. She paints quickly without interpretation and works continually without retouching.

David Schroeter (Royal College of Art) lives and works in London. Schroeter earned his BS at Skidmore College, Saratoga Springs, New York in 2010 and his MA in Painting from the Royal College of Art, London in 2016. He has exhibited in London, China, The Bronx Museum of Art and Columbia University New York

Sam Stopford (Glasgow School of Art) lives and works in Glasgow, after graduating in 2016 from the Glasgow School of Art, is an artist utilizing painting as a means of appropriating and deciphering the flood of images from the mass media. He uses images of news reportage, mass media and popular culture concealing these within one landscape.

Production Manager, Beth Moran added:

“We have not completed post production on a documentary for a few years so to complete three feature length documentaries in a week kept us very busy. They will be now submitted to film festivals for their consideration.”

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