Study for Graham (Detail) Oil & Gloss on Canvas, 2012

Aziza Mills

Artist Statement

My current work stems from an interest in the human form and an interplay between monochrome/colour. Life drawing underpins most of my practice: capturing a figure in a short space of time forces me to fill in the gaps through guesswork and imagination, which often leads to a playful, exaggerated use of colour and tone.


I graduated from Wimbledon School of Art in 2004 with a BA in painting. In 2006 I moved to Manchester and undertook an MA in art history at Manchester University, where I studied surrealism, ethnography and body/performance art, and wrote a dissertation entitled Repetition and Absurdity in Postminimalism. I currently run a twice-monthly life drawing class at Sandbar, Manchester.

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